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Please Explain: Will women decide this election?

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It was going to happen at some point in this federal election campaign, and it looks like this week is the week. Let's talk about women.

This probably wasn't their intention but The Daily Telegraph's decision to go after Bill Shorten's account of his mother's career history set off a nation-wide discussion about how great all our mums are, and put female voters back at the centre of the campaign conversation.

We've also over the past week had the spectacle of Sarah Hanson Young's defamation case against David Leyonhjelm raking over what kind of comments female politicians are expected to cop.

The week started with the Labor Party campaign........

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