In releasing our candidate gender paper yesterday, Amy King and I wrote in the press release:
In a federal electorate with 100,000 voters, this means that a woman running for office would receive 600 fewer votes than a man representing the same political party
A journalist from AAP called me yesterday with some confusion. She pointed out that parties never run two candidates in the same electorate. What did I mean?
In a rather stumbling answer I eventually got around to saying that we were referring toÂ a hypothetical, or a thought experiment. But not before I’d said something that was apparently more newsworthy. Here’s how AAP reported it.
“If Malcolm Turnbull (the Member for Wentworth) was in a dress then he would receive 600 fewer votes,” Dr Leigh said.