Senator Marise Payne, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs
In the very first episode of BroadTalk, Virginia Haussegger chats to Australia's Foreign Minister, Senator Marise Payne about her journey to the top job, her personal motivations, and her passion for feminisim.
As Foreign Minister, Senator Marise Payne is currently Australia’s most powerful woman. Her call on where and how Australia pivots, blinks or charges forward on the international stage has a profound impact beyond policy. Her decisions have the power to change people’s lives.
But women are still a novelty at this level of leadership and their every action is intensely scrutinised. How they fare or fail fascinates not just feminist theorists, but women and girls everywhere. Senator Payne is also Minister for Women and therefore she has an even bigger stake in ensuring women’s success. So, what does she think about her own style of leadership and how has she straddled the hurdles along the way? In this very candid discussion Minister Payne opens up about her journey, motivations and even her passion for feminism. Yes, unlike her predecessor and most of her conservative party colleagues, Marise Payne does call herself a feminist! Virginia asks her why!
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