What Women Want (Australia)

What Women Want (Australia)
Leader Justine Caines
Founded 2007
Dissolved 2010
Headquarters PO Box 625
Scone NSW 2337
Ideology Women's Rights,
Women's Health and well-being,
Issues Facing Children
International affiliation No affiliation

What Women Want was an Australian political organisation launched in April 2007 which, its website says, "aims to be Australia's first female political party dedicated to advancing issues affecting Australian women". The organisation was formed by Justine Caines, a mother of six and political activist from rural New South Wales.[1]

In the 2007 general elections, the party stood candidates for the Senate in every jurisdiction except the Northern Territory, and secured approximately half a percent of the Senate vote nationwide.[2] Preference distributions reported by the ABC indicated the party's preferences flowed mainly to the Greens (or if the Greens candidate was excluded, the ALP).[3]

The party was deregistered on 30 March 2010 after failing to respond to an Australian Electoral Commission notice to update its membership records.[4]


  1. Wenham, Margaret (2 April 2007). "Women's party is born". Courier Mail. Retrieved 2007-04-04.
  2. Australian Electoral Commission, Virtual Tally Room, Senate Preferences by Group, retrieved November 2007
  3. ABC, Australia Votes 2007, Senate results, retrieved November 2007
  4. Australian Electoral Commission. "What Women Want". Deregistered political parties. Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 July 2012.

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