Parenting and work in a post-COVID context

Date & time
9am–5pm Wednesday 9 February 2022
Temiloluwa Oladiji
Virtual conference
Parenting & Work in a post-COVID context

This conference aims to explore the challenges arising from the intersection of parenthood and paid work. While labour market inequality arising from the gendered norms of caregiving and parenting is not novel, COVID has accentuated the inequality, not just in regard to gender, but also in terms of its intersection with race, class, disability and sexuality.

Speakers include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, philosopher Prof Fiona Jenkins, demographer Dr Liz Allen, political scientists EmProf Marian Sawer and Ariadne Vromen, epidemiologist Prof Lyndall Strazdins, Deputy Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department Martin Hehir, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency the Hon Mary Wooldridge and lawyers Dr Anne Macduff, Cameron Roles and Emma Graham.


  • Commissioner June Oscar AO »

    June Oscar AO

    June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

    June is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission. She has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD. She was appointed to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1990) and was a winner of the 100 Women of Influence 2013 in the Social Enterprise and Not for Profit category.

    In 2015, June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD. June has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame, Broome, Western Australia, and is currently writing her PhD. June is a co-founder of the Yiramalay Wesley Studio School and is a Community member of the Fitzroy Valley Futures Governing Committee.

    In February 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edith Cowan University. June was also named the NAIDOC Person of the Year at the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards and in 2019 she was bestowed the honorary role of a Distinguished Fellow of ANZSOG. June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on 3 April 2017.

  • Professor Fiona Jenkins, ANU School of Philosophy »

    Fiona Jenkins

    Fiona Jenkins is a Professor in the School of Philosophy, RSSS, Australian National University. Her current research covers two projects, one on Judith Butler, which focuses on questions of political legitimacy, violence and non-violence, in post-national frameworks; the other on gender equity and ideas of ‘excellence’ in academic disciplines. She teaches on the philosophy of Gender, contemporary French philosophy, on Nietzsche, and on radical democratic theory. She is the Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

  • Dr Liz Allen, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods »

    Liz Allen

    Dr Liz Allen has considerable experience working in the public and academic sectors. She was named among the national Top 5 academics in the humanities and social sciences by the ABC in 2018. The Future of Us, Liz's first book was published in 2020. Liz’s doctoral research explored the individual, family and neighbourhood contributions to child excess weight and screen time among two Australian cohorts.

  • Emma Graham, ANU College of Law »

    Emma Graham

    Emma is a PhD candidate at the ANU College of Law, interested in feminist legal theory, labour law and anti-discrimination law. The aim of her doctoral research is to extend existing knowledge about the nature and causes of maternity discrimination resulting in job loss in Australia.  

    Emma has worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department since 2011, providing advice to the government in a number of legal policy areas, including native title litigation, constitutional law and human rights. Emma prepared and was a member of the Australian delegation that appeared before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 2017. She also prepared the delegation for its appearance before the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2019. 

  • Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer, AO - ANU School of Politics and International Relations »

    Marian Sawer

    Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer is the former head of the Political Science Program, RSSS, ANU and head, Democratic Audit of Australia. Professor Sawer was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 'for services to women and to political science' and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1996. Leader Parliamentary Reform stream, 20/20 Summit 2008. Awarded the Australian Political Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

  • Professor Lyndall Strazdins, ANU Research School of Population Health »

    Professor Lyndall Strazdins

    Dr Strazdins is a Professor and ARC Future Fellow (PhD Psychology, M Clinical Psych) at the Research School of Population Health, the Australian National University. She is a recognised leader in the field of work, family and wellbeing, especially the role played by work time and the pressures and health challenges for families to combine work with caring, or for young adults to combine work with study. She leads the work and family component of the Federally funded Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, a study of 10,000 families, and has or currently serves as a scientific consultant to Government, including the ACT Health Promotion Branch, the Department of Veteran Affairs Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Defence forces and a consultant to the Paid Parental Leave Evaluation. She also collaborates with National NGO organisations regarding social policy for Australian families. In 2011 Strazdins was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship investigating time as a resource for health. 

  • Dr Anne Macduff, ANU College of Law »

    Anne Macduff

    Drawing upon a range of critical theories, including feminist, postcolonial and queer theories, Anne Macduff's research explores how law devalues difference. She has a particular interest in exploring issues of law and identity, including race, gender and sexuality. For instance, Anne's PhD thesis challenges the claim that Australian citizenship law is neutral and inclusive, and argues that the current laws construct a particular racialized and gendered citizen subject. Anne's interest in critically examining the way law excludes certain identities includes other areas of law, including tenancy, public law and family law.

  • Professor Ariadne Vromen, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy »

    Professor Ariadne Vromen

    Ariadne is the Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration in the Crawford School, a position that is co-funded by ANU and the Australia and New Zealand (ANZSOG) School of Government. Ariadne’s research interests include: citizen engagement, digital politics and governance, women and the future of work, policy advocacy, and young people and politics. In mid-2020, Ariadne began an ARC Linkage project ‘Designing Gender Equality into the Future of Work’ with scholars at the University of Sydney that contrasts change and technological disruption in the retail and legal industries.

  • Cameron Roles, ANU College of Law »

    Cameron Roles

    Cameron is a Senior Lecturer in the ANU College of Law where he teaches and researches in labour law. Cameron has expertise in the operation of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), public sector employment and emerging forms of work, including the gig economy and its regulation. Cameron’s current research is concerned with the extent to which the law can legitimately prevent a current or former employee from soliciting, enticing or otherwise encouraging one or many current or former colleagues to leave employment and enter into competition with the former employer.

  • Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Industrial Relations Group, Attorney-General's Department »

    Martin Hehir

    Martin is the Deputy Secretary of the Industrial Relations Group at the Commonwealth Attorney‑General’s Department (AGD), with responsibility for a range of industrial relations policies and programs. Before joining AGD in 2019, Martin was the Deputy Secretary of the Workplace Relations Cluster in the Department of Jobs and Small Business. Martin has held several deputy secretary positions in federal government during his career. He has been responsible for areas including developing a new employment services model; work, health and safety policy; and small business and industrial relations policy.

  • The Hon Mary Wooldridge, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency »

    The Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, Victorian Leader of the Opposition »

    Mary Wooldridge commenced as Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in May 2021. She leads the Agency in driving gender equality in workplaces ensuring that women and men are equally represented, valued and rewarded. Mary brings to the role a wealth of experience from a distinguished career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Mary served from 2006 to 2020 in the Victorian Parliament, including a term as Minister for Mental Health, Community Services and Women’s Affairs. As Minister, Mary worked to implement the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 and was instrumental in establishing Our Watch, the national family violence prevention agency. Mary was the Minister responsible for signing Victoria up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She established the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People, including the nation’s first Aboriginal Commissioner, Parkville College – an award-winning Public School in Youth Justice Centres and Australia’s first Mental Health Complaints Commissioner and the Family Drug Treatment Court.

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