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The Fellows of the 2017 Pathways to Politics Program for Women at the University of Melbourne will graduate tonight with the tools and know-how to run for politics, with two Fellows already pre-selected for safe Labor and Liberal seats and one just weeks away from the Northcote by-election as an endorsed candidate for the Reason Party.

The first female Governor-General of Australia, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, will formally open this year’s Pathways to Politics Program for Women at the Melbourne School of Government tonight.

After a successful 2016 pilot program launched in Canberra by The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP and The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, the Melbourne School of Government’s Pathways to Politics Program for Women is calling for 2017 applicants.

Current and former politicians from across the political spectrum, speechwriters and senior executives will be amongst the high profile presenters in Australia’s first University-led program committed to addressing the ongoing under-representation of women in politics.

The first Australian university program to address the continued under-representation of women in parliament has been launched today by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Ms Carol Schwartz AM and the University of Melbourne at Parliament House, Canberra.