Kate is passionate about contributing to public debate on a wide range of important issues. Here are some of the issues she has touched on in the past.
- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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14 Oct 2011 - Celebrating Our Rural Women
Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Senator for Queensland
The Hon. Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare, Minister for the Status of Women
Celebrating our rural women
The role women play as part of our rural communities and agricultural businesses has been recognised by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis MP, ahead of International Day of Rural Women tomorrow.
The day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to recognise the role and contribution of rural women in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
"Women right across Australia are working hard fulfilling a range of roles, including taking a lead in farming operations and the agriculture industry," Minister Ludwig said.
"This is a chance to recognise the efforts women make and to celebrate their valuable contributions. Our Australian agricultural sector is strong producing some of the world's best food and fibre and it is important to note the role that rural women play in this.
"Women make a significant contribution to agriculture and take an innovative approach in strengthening primary industries, but also their communities."
Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, said women were tireless workers who were often not recognised for the contribution they made.
"Right across Australia, women are a driving force, including across rural communities and rural enterprises," Minister Ellis said.
"From owning and managing properties to establishing entrepreneurial income streams for their properties, rural women are significant contributors to the rural economy of Australia.
"I commend their efforts and hope that today these hardworking women will take a moment to step back from their work and celebrate their achievements."
There are a range of programs now designed to recognise the efforts and achievements of rural women, including the RIRDC Rural Women's Awards, which has applications closing tomorrow, 14 October.