Is anti-feminism a core belief of the Australian right? It is true that among conservative cultural warriors anti-feminism is a strong theme. Research I have undertaken whilst writing a lecture on feminism for Modern Political Ideologies calls this into some doubt. The relation between feminism and party politics in Australia has attracted substantial attention from Australian historians. I argue that the decline of socialism and trade unionism has led the Australian left to be recast in the model of social liberalism. Thus feminism has found a home on the political left, although contrary to Marian Sawer I argue Labor was influenced by social liberalism earlier. But what political activists in Australia think? The 2007 Australian Election Survey asked the views of House of Representatives candidates.
% of candidates agreeing or strongly agreeing that equal opportunities for women gone too far?
28.6% One Nation
9% Family First
Have equal opportunities for women not gone far enough?
19.4% Family First
14.3% One Nation