Campaigns for a fair and equal future

No one should be ousted while on maternity leave

It’s just days since Federal Minister Kelly O'Dwyer gave birth, and now attacks are being launched within the Liberal Party to try and have her ousted.[1] Ms O’Dwyer is the first woman to have a baby while serving in Cabinet. Just last week she spoke out to champion...

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No one should be harassed for seeking healthcare

"Women are forced to look at distorted graphic images and told they are murderers and going to hell" and being "jostled and filmed" as they enter reproductive healthcare centres across the state.[1] That's why MLC Penny Sharpe has just introduced legislation that would protect women from being harassed by anti-choice...

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NSW MPs: Block this attack on abortion access

Controversial MP Fred Nile has just renewed his push to criminalise harming or killing a fetus in NSW.[1] Experts say the proposed “Zoe's Law” could “erode women’s right to autonomy, informed consent and liberty over pregnancy and childbirth decisions”.[2] The NSW Bar Association has even said “the legislative acceptance of...

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Thousands of women being left in danger without access to family violence services

Most Australian Governments are still leaving women without the service support they need to escape family violence. Escaping an abuser can be difficult and dangerous - in fact, the time in which a woman tries to escape is a time she's in increased danger. That's why ensuring the services women...

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Get comfort dogs into Australian courts

Domestic violence and sexual assault are some of the most traumatic experiences imaginable -- and many survivors find the prospect of going to court extremely daunting. Every day, survivors – including children – are expected to re-live what can be the worst experiences of their lives. It's intimidating, re-traumatising, and...

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Stop cuts to parents' time to care for their newborns

BREAKING: The Turnbull Government have now announced their *fourth* attempt to cut our paid parental leave system. They're trying to sell this new proposal as a boost for parents; but in reality they're making a boost for some parents entirely contingent on cutting the time tens of thousands of other...

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The Greens have a new economic team, and they're all dudes

Speaking to Fairfax about the new line-up, party leader Richard Di Natale said that "the economy's got to serve people, not the other way around." He's right. But right now, the economy is leaving half the population with a gender pay gap of 18.8% and a superannuation gap of 45.7%....

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"Revenge porn should be a crime"

Revenge porn should be a federal crime -- that's what a Senate Committee reported last night.1 It follows alarming reports that tens of thousands of intimate images of Queensland and South Australian women were released without their consent last year, and research that shows 1 in 10 Australians...

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No one should have to be cross-examined by their abuser

Right now there are no legal protections in place to stop abusive ex-partners from cross-examining those they have abused in family courts.1 As Eleanor, the survivor leading the call to change this horrifying system explains, this cruel gap needs to be addressed: "The day...

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MPs: My choice is no crime

Right now in Queensland and NSW abortion is still considered a crime. In Queensland these outdated laws mean that women seeking to terminate their pregnancies are often denied treatments at hospitals - and face major barriers to access adequate reproductive healthcare. The Queensland Government have just committed to introduce new...

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Number of female Liberal MPs pushed to 20 year low: join the call for change

When Federal Parliament resumes next month, 8 out of 10 Liberal MPs representing us will be men – the lowest level of women's representation in the Party since Paul Keating was elected in 1993.[1] This shocking low is creating a storm of attention around the long-standing issue of women’s under-representation...

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Uni Residences: Train Students and Staff to Prevent Sexual Assault

Right now in our universities, sexual assault is occurring at an alarming rate, with young people being sexually assaulted in frightening numbers. 1 Training students and staff in consent and sexual assault prevention is critical - and making sure every campus residence is providing it is the first place to...

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