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Liberal Nationals:
The Isobel Project

New program gives female leaders opportunity to better understand the political process.

By Portal Admin - 22nd September 2019 - Back to News

The Victorian Nationals are establishing The Isobel Project, an exciting new program to give female leaders an opportunity to better understand the political process.

Over 18 months, the program will break down all women need to know about how to influence policy and get elected to positions of leadership within their community or The Nationals.

Participants will have the opportunity to spend time in the Victorian Parliament and on the road with one of our female MPs here in Victoria, as well as honing their campaign skills on the ground during the Queensland election and meeting our Federal team in Canberra.

We are proud of the role women play in our party – from grassroots members to Ministers. Shirley McKerrow, the President of The Nationals in the 1980s was the first female President of any political party in Australia. Today we are strongly represented by five capable women in Federal Deputy Leader Bridget McKenzie, State Deputy Leader Steph Ryan, Emma Kealy, Melina Bath and Anne Webster.

But perhaps you are asking, ‘who is Isobel?’. There’s no single way to describe Isobel Arbuthnot. She was a farmer, a community activist, a debater, a mentor and a leader. She rose to become the Vice President of our party, the chair of the Women’s Section and later went on to hold positions on the national executive. She used her position to encourage and support many within our party to take on state and federal positions.

Now, we are looking for the next generation of Isobels who have the vision to carry our party, but more importantly, our state and our country forward.

Spaces for the program are limited and will be subject to a process that considers applicants’ community involvement, future potential and experience to date.

Following the first session, program participants will be required to be full party members to continue. Applications close on September 23, 2019. Shortlisted applicants will need to be available for interview either by phone or in person on September 26.

If you or someone you know is suitable for this exciting program, we encourage you to apply. Application forms can be completed at /


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