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Handmaids

Last year TV series The Handmaid's Tale made international headlines for its haunting depiction of a dystopian future America where women are denied control over their bodies and reproductive health. The show now has a huge international following - and its costumes have become iconic in the global protest for abortion rights.

In just a few weeks, the second series will premiere in Australia. Can you organise a house party screening to raise funds for pro-choice campaigns in Australia?

Right now abortion is still in the Criminal Code in both Queensland and NSW. It means women are frequently refused assistance at public hospitals, and that people face additional distress, danger and financial burden when they need to terminate their pregnancy.

In coming months there will be critical opportunities to secure changes to the law in Queensland. But there are extreme anti-choice forces who are working hard to stop that from happening.

That's why your help is so important. It's going to take a huge effort to secure this desperately needed progress.

Can you help raise funds to fight for Queenslanders' reproductive rights by organising a screening The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 premiere at your house, inviting some friends around to watch with you, and asking those who come along to make a donation to support campaigns for the right to choose?

Sign up here to register a screening.

We’ll provide you with a short host pack – including information about the state of reproductive rights in Australia, key battles on the horizon, and what Fair Agenda is fundraising for. 

The Handmaid’s Tale will be released on SBS On Demand on Thursday 26th April, and the first episode will be available to screen on SBS Demand for two weeks.

Any questions? Please contact us via info@fairagenda.org

Content Warning: The series includes distressing content including depictions of sexual violence and torture.

Written by Renee Carr
12 April 2018
IWD 2018
Here at Fair Agenda, we think the best way to celebrate and honour International Women's Day, and the achievements of the women who have fought for our rights is by continuing their work.
So here are three of our tips for actions you can take right now, for a fair and equal future.

1. Listen to, and amplify, the voices of women in public debate

Particularly women whose voices might be marginalised because of other parts of their identity – like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Muslim women, women of colour, women living with a disability and LGBTQI women.
You can get started right now is by following more women (and women-led groups) on social media, and actively sharing their posts. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites to help you get started:
  • Nakkiah Lui is a writer, actor and social commentator. You may know her from her (multiple) TV shows, or from the podcast she co-hosts with Miranda Tapsell ‘Pretty for an Aboriginal’. Follow her on twitter.
  • Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman who you may know as ‘Black Feminist Ranter’ on facebook. Celeste is a writer, union organiser and commentator, and today she’s written a great piece called “International Women’s Day is a call to action, not a branding opportunity’. Follow her on: Facebook, twitter.
  • Mariam Veiszadeh is a lawyer, diversity and inclusion consultant. She was Daily Life’s Woman of the Year in 2016. Follow her on facebook, twitter.
  • Carly Findlay is a writer, speaker, disability and appearance activist. Follow her on: Facebook, twitter.
  • Jordan Raskopoulos is an Australian comedian best known as the frontwoman for the comedy group The Axis of Awesome, and a champion for LGBTIQ equality. Follow her on: Facebook, twitter.
  • Sam Connor is a human and disability rights activist and cofounder of bolshy divas and criparmy. Follow her on twitter.
  • Jamila Rizvi is a columnist, radio host, and author (including of the excellent book 'Not Just Lucky'). Follow her on facebook, twitter.
  • Marita Cheng is the founder of RoboGals, champion of Women in STEM and a former Young Australian of the Year. Follow her on facebook, twitter.
  • Women with Disabilities Australia are a national group working to improve the lives and life chances of women with disabilities. Follow them on: Facebook.
  • Djirra (formerly Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service) are champions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by family violence and sexual assault. Follow them on: Facebook, twitter.
  • Fair Agenda is a community of Australians campaigning for women’s rights. On social media we let you know how you can drive change on issues in the headlines; plus share highlights on what’s happening in the fight for women’s rights around the country (and the globe). Follow us on facebook, twitter.

 

2. Add your support to campaigns for women’s rights

Systemic, structural change doesn’t come easy. To achieve a fair and equal future for women we’re going to have to fight hard every step of the way (and be ready to stop those who want to pull us backwards).
Critical to success in almost every campaign for political and social change is public support – and a first step to showing yours is by signing petitions to decision-makers, supporting calls for action.
Here are two campaigns that need your support right now:

 

3. Donate to enable women-led organisations to keep winning long-term change

The work that goes into changing the policies that shape women’s lives is long and hard. And it takes money. Unsurprisingly, the gender pay gap doesn’t disappear when it comes to the people with capacity to give big donations - which can make it really hard to raise funds for women’s rights work.
That’s why one of the most important ways you can have impact is by donating to support the work of women and women-led organisations that are working for systemic change.
Here are a couple we recommend:
  • Fair Agenda drives and wins campaigns for systemic change. In just the past few years our community has won change that has already improved more than 100,000 women’s lives. Including: securing $100 million of additional funding for family violence response, preventing cuts to working parents’ time to care for their newborns from hurting 79,000 families every year; and working with partners to stop $34 million of cuts to the vital work of community legal centres, and much more. Now we need your help to power big fights to secure action on campus sexual assault; and to pass laws for safe and legal access to abortion in Queensland. Click here to donate.
  • In tackling the issue of family violence, the work of Djirra (previously Family Violence Prevention Legal Services) couldn’t be more important. They provide a specialist and culturally safe service to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, who are 32 times more likely to be victims of family violence than non-Aboriginal women. They: draw on cultural strength to increase resilience, reduce social isolation and vulnerability to family violence, promote healthy relationship and create awareness about the ‘power and control’ dynamics of family violence and red flags. They also deliver campaigns to make sure Aboriginal women’s voices are heard. Make a donation here.
Any contribution you can make is important – but if you’re able we strongly encourage you to set up a regular donation. Predictable, reliable income can make a huge difference in the capacity of organisation’s to focus their energy on responding in the most critical and strategic moments, instead of having to fundraise first. (You can set up a monthly donation to power Fair Agenda’s campaigns for women’s rights here).


PS - To secure the advances we need to ensure all women’s safety, equality and dignity, we need to organise year round. Fair Agenda is a community of 37,000 Australians who use our collective people power to win change on issues that affect women year round. If you aren’t a member already, please join us today.
Written by Renee Carr
08 March 2018

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All university students deserve a safe environment in which to learn and to lay the best possible foundations for their future careers and lives.

But for too many students, the vast majority of which are women, sexual violence will have a devastating and ongoing impact that limits their ability to complete the tertiary education they want and deserve.

A student affected by sexual assault will not only have their life and studies interrupted by the immediate medical and psychological needs that arise from this crime, they may also face lengthy police and court processes, and financial costs associated with dealing with the incident. They are also likely to experience ongoing impacts that will limit their capacity to maintain their academic performance. Without appropriate response and support, these ongoing impacts can be so untenable that a student affected feels forced to delay or drop out of their studies entirely.

After decades of student and survivor led advocacy, and years of media reporting shining a light on these serious and systemic problems, last year’s Australian Human Rights Commission national student survey finally confirmed the scale of sexual violence on our campuses.

Many universities and residential colleges are now, belatedly, taking action in response to these survey results - but the depth of commitment to substantive change, and whether or not these existing commitments will deliver real improvements for student safety, remains difficult to assess.

That’s why, as students return to University for 2018, Fair Agenda, End Rape on Campus Australia, the National Union of Students and The Hunting Ground Australia Project are launching a joint call for the Federal Government to establish an independent, expert led taskforce to track, assess and publicly report on university and residences’ measures to prevent, and improve responses to sexual violence.

This taskforce should:

  • Be comprised of independent experts in the field of sexual violence prevention (including sexual assault services and representatives from the Consortium of Sexual Assault Researchers);
  • Regularly consult with student representative bodies;
  • Require universities to regularly report on the measures they and their associated entities (including residences and colleges) are taking to
    address and prevent sexual violence - including the policies and procedures in place;
  • Require universities and residences to regularly report on disciplinary measures taken against perpetrators;
  • Assess whether or not university and residence policies and procedures to address and prevent sexual violence meet good practice, and if they are improving outcomes;
  • Publicly report on these assessments and make public recommendations to strengthen university and residence policies and procedures;
  • Publicly report on the number of complaints relating to sexual violence made to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency under the Threshold Standards, as well as their status and outcome/resolution; and
  • Incorporate data from, and feed into, the next independent national survey of students.

If we are to ensure that the students who are about to attend their first classes – and those who will attend our universities in coming years – are not at risk of the same harms as previous cohorts, we need an independent, expert body that is resourced to assess outcomes in this area, and to hold universities and residences to account.

It is vital for the safety of current and future students that we ensure all universities are making substantive progress in addressing this problem as quickly as possible. Doing that requires an independent review mechanism to ensure that all policies being put in place to address this problem are good practice, and achieving their objectives.

All students deserve a safe environment to learn. For that to be possible, we must address the scourge of sexual violence on campus.

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Please join the call for a taskforce to address university sexual violence by signing the petition here.

Written by Renee Carr
22 February 2018
What we did together

Together our community has won changes that bring us closer to a fair and equal future; and that will improve the lives of more than a hundred thousand women. So thank you.

Here’s what our community's campaigning has achieved this year:

  • We stopped cuts to working parents’ time to care for their newborns that were set to hurt 79,000 working families, ensuring working parents didn’t lose precious time to care for their newborns in their critical first weeks and months,

  • We worked with family violence survivors and community lawyers to stop the Federal Government from cutting $34 million from the work of community legal centres – ensuring thousands of women wouldn't be denied access to the legal support they need to escape and recover from family violence,

  • We stood with students and sexual assault survivors to secure funding from universities for a specialist trauma hotline for students affected by sexual violence during their studies,

  • We built on years of campaigning for the Federal Government to properly fund family violence services; and helped ensure an additional $50 million of funding was committed to family violence response in the 2017 federal budget,

  • We worked with partners to campaign for legal access to abortion in Queensland, and secured a commitment from the Queensland Government to introduce new draft legislation to modernise Queensland’s abortion laws in 2018,

  • We ran a huge Queensland election effort that put the need for abortion decriminalisation in the headlines, and secured pro-choice pledges from 154 candidates. This helped ensure we’re closer than ever before to having the votes needed to pass laws to decriminalise abortion in 2018!

  • We got 129 university residences to be transparent about their training to prevent sexual violence; and pushed more than a dozen residences to improve the quality of their training for students and staff, and

  • We worked alongside women's legal services and family violence survivors to secure a commitment from the Government to amend the Family Court rule that means survivors of domestic violence can be forced to endure direct cross-examination by their abusers.

These are really important wins that will impact women across the country. And none of it would be possible without Fair Agenda members like you - who got involved by signing petitions, contacting decision makers, sharing campaigns with your friends, and chipping in to help make all of this possible. So thank you for everything you’ve done as a Fair Agenda member this year.

We wish you and your family all the best for the festive season and new year, and look forward to collaborating with you again to put fair on the agenda in 2018,

Renee on behalf of the Fair Agenda team

PS – Looking for a meaningful gift this festive season? Why not give the gift that keeps on giving, with a donation to Fair Agenda. You can donate to help secure change for women’s reproductive rights, economic equality and freedom from violence. And if you click here, you can even access a nifty tool from MyCause that will allow you to send your loved one a personalised card when you make a donation in their name.

Written by Renee Carr
20 December 2017
The results are in

A woman's legal right to choose is now closer than ever before!

Earlier this year, when legislation to decriminalise abortion was introduced to the parliament, there weren’t enough pro-choice MPs willing to vote for desperately needed change. So, when the Palaszczuk Government referred the issue to the Law Reform Commission and pledged to introduce new laws in 2018 – it was clear that we’d have to put this issue on the election and voter agenda, to increase the number of pro-choice candidates in Queensland parliament.

So that’s exactly what Fair Agenda helped do.

Together, our community drove a powerful campaign that kept this issue, and candidates' stances, in the headlines. Together, we pushed 154 candidates to publicly commit to back pro-choice reforms by taking Fair Agenda’s pro-choice candidate pledge. And, in total, we got 174 candidates to go on the record about their position on abortion law reform – many of them for the first time. 

Then, we engaged thousands of voters in key marginal seat races with this information about their local candidates’ stance. 

And today’s results show that publicly pro-choice candidates have won key marginal seat races in: Redlands, Mansfield, Jordan, Maiwar, Noosa, Cook, Cairns, and Gaven! 

Plus: a number of candidates who have spoken at “pro-life” rallies, or otherwise indicated they oppose decriminalising abortion, have lost key races in: Mount Ommaney, Ipswich, Buderim and Pumicestone!

This election outcome brings us closer than we've ever been to decriminalising abortion in Queensland.

And it's a testament to the Fair Agenda community and to all the Queenslanders who have been campaigning long and hard to change these cruel and degrading laws. So thank you for your part in it.

Going into this election, nobody thought that we could make abortion an election issue. In fact, it’s long-held election lore that pro-choice candidates shouldn’t talk about their position on abortion for fear of backlash from fringe religious groups and voters.

This election, we’ve helped change that, showing that the vast majority of voters support safe and legal access to abortion, pushing more candidates than ever before to be transparent about their stance on this issue, and - most importantly - proving that publicly pro-choice candidates can win marginal races – and be backed by a huge portion of the community.

Thanks for all you did to help make this happen,

Renee, Tash and Chantelle for Fair Agenda


Here’s a recap of what the Fair Agenda community was able to do together on this campaign...

We knew going into this election that in order to decriminalise abortion we would need to ensure a majority of pro-choice MPs were elected. And to make that happen - that voters would need to know their candidates' views on abortion reform.

The problem was: most candidates weren't on the record about their stance. So, Fair Agenda launched a pro-choice candidate pledge – and asked all major party candidates to declare that if elected, they would vote to remove abortion from the criminal code, and to support laws that would ensure all Queenslanders can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated”.

And, within days of the election being called, Fair Agenda was able to announce that we had already secured pro-choice pledges from almost 100 candidates -- putting this issue in the election headlines by day 6 of the election campaign! 

  

It was a brilliant start -- but we knew it wasn't enough. So Fair Agenda members stepped up the pressure, sending hundreds of emails, and hand-delivering messages to MPs who hadn’t gone on the record...



...And Fair Agenda members also chipped in to fund strategic polling - to prove to candidates that it's in their interests to be upfront about where they stand on abortion. That polling put this issue in the headlines yet again - showing candidates across the country what was at stake if they refused to be upfront about their position! 

This polling also showed that *50%* of Queenslanders would be unwilling to vote for their preferred candidate if that candidate wanted abortion to remain in the criminal code. And that the issue of decriminalising abortion would be important in deciding the vote of 80% undecided voters! 

This was hugely compelling data. And it proved that a candidates position on safe and legal abortion would shift votes. 

Together, all this campaigning secured a commitment from 154 candidates that they would support strong and evidence-based pro-choice reforms if elected!

Fair Agenda's polling had shown this information could shift votes. So we knew it was vital to get this information in front of as many voters as possible.

So Fair Agenda launched a powerful online tool at voteprochoice.org.au – to allow Queensland voters to enter their postcode, and find out quickly and easily their local candidates' stance on decriminalising abortion. 

And then Fair Agenda volunteers took to the streets of Brisbane in the blood red cloaks and white bonnets of the Handmaid’s Tale. (That's the recent TV sensation set in a dystopian future where fertile women are denied bodily autonomy, and forced to carry pregnancies against their will). To let voters know where they could find out their candidates' stances on this issue. 



And Fair Agenda’s Handmaids put this issue back in the headlines again…

…And engaged thousands of voters with this important issue in the week leading up to election day.

Fair Agenda members also chipped in to fund online adverts to get this vote-deciding information in front of voters in key seats – reaching thousands more voters in a number of key pro-choice races.

Together we put abortion decriminalisation on the election agenda – showing that voters overwhelmingly support decriminalisation. And helped see eight pro-choice candidates win key marginal seat races, and four anti-choice candidates lose key races.    

This is huge progress!

There’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure laws for safe and legal abortion are passed by the Queensland parliament next year when the Law Reform Commission hands down its recommendations.

But our community’s campaign at this state election has ensured there are more MPs on the record about their stance on abortion law reform than ever before; and that MPs and parties now know that voters will support candidates that stand up for a woman’s legal right to choose. And that those who want to keep treating a woman’s choice as a crime will lose votes over it.

Thank you to all the Fair Agenda members who helped make this possible, and to our friends in Pro Choice Queensland parters who have been campaigning long and hard for these changes for years. 

Written by Renee Carr
08 December 2017

This election we have a critical chance to secure changes to Queensland's archaic archaic laws. But to make that happen -- we'll need to ensure that a majority of pro-choice candidates are elected to the next parliament.

That means ensuring that we as pro-choice voters are supporting candidates that will represent us on this issue.

That's why Fair Agenda have asked all candidates to commit that, if elected, they will “vote to remove abortion from the criminal code, and support laws to ensure all Queenslanders can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated." That means we've asked candidates if they would support three specific reforms if they are put to the parliament (you can read the pledge question in full below).

Fair Agenda's pledge ask has also backed by The Human Rights Law Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, White Ribbon and the Queensland Council of Unions.

So far 154 QLD candidates have signed up to Fair Agenda's pro-choice candidate pledge!

 

You can find out whether your local candidates have taken the pledge below (to find your electorate, just input your address in this ECQ tool).

Then can you help build the pressure on the remaining candidates to join these pro-choice champions; or to let voters know that they think abortion should keep being treated as a crime? Sign up to get involved in the campaign for safe and legal access to abortion, here!

 

Which candidates have taken the Fair Agenda pledge so far?

Electorate Candidate Party affiliation
Algester Patsy O'Brien Queensland Greens
Aspley Zachary King Independent 
Aspley James Hansen The Greens
Bancroft Simone Dejun Queensland Greens
Bancroft Chris Whiting MP Australian Labor Party
Barron River Cameron Boyd Queensland Greens
Bonney Rowan Holzberger Labor
Bonney Amin Javanmard Queensland Greens
Broadwater Daniel Kwon Queensland Greens
Buderim Tracy Burton Queensland Greens
Bulimba Di Farmer Labor
Bulimba Felicity Jodell Queensland Greens
Bundaberg Marianne Buchanan Queensland Greens
Bundaberg Alan Corbett Independent
Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson Labor
Bundamba Michelle Duncan Queensland Greens
Burdekin Mathew Bing Queensland Greens
Burdekin  Michael Brunker  ALP
Burleigh Peter Burgoyne Greens
Burnett Lee James Harvey labor
Burnett Tim Roberts Queensland Greens
Cairns Michael Healy ALP
Cairns Aaron McDonald Queensland Greens
Cairns Rob Pyne Independent
Callide Jaiben Baker Queensland Greens
Caloundra Jason Hunt ALP
Caloundra Marcus Finch Queensland Greens
Capalaba Don Brown Labor
Capalaba Joshua Sanderson Queensland Greens
Chatsworth Dave Nelson Queensland Greens
Clayfield Claire Ogden Queensland Greens
Clayfield Philip Anthony Australian Labor Party
Condamine Chris Turnbull Queensland Greens
Cook Brynn Mathews Queensland Greens
Cook Cynthia Lui Labor Party
Coomera Christopher Johnson ALP
Coomera Tayla Kerwin Queensland Greens
Cooper Robert Wiltshire Independent
Cooper Reece Walters Queensland Greens
Currumbin David Wyatt Queensland Greens
Everton David Greene Australian Labor Party
Everton Bridget Clinch Queensland Greens
Ferny Grove Elizabeth World Queensland Greens
Gaven Meaghan Scanlon Australian Labor Party 
Gaven Sally Spain Queensland Greens
Gladstone Peta Baker Queensland Greens
Glass House Brent Hampstead ALP
Glass House Sue Weber Queensland Greens
Greenslopes Victor Huml Greens
Gregory Norman Weston Queensland Greens
Gregory  Dave Kerrigan Labor 
Gympie Tracey McWilliam ALP
Gympie Roxanne Kennedy-Perriman Queensland Greens
Hervey Bay Jannean Dean Independent
Hervey Bay Jenni Cameron Queensland Greens
Hill Johanna Kloot Queensland Greens
Hinchinbrook Lyle Burness Queensland Greens
Inala Navdeep Singh Queensland Greens
Ipswich Brett Morrissey Queensland Greens
Ipswich West Keith Muller Queensland Greens
Jordan Steven Purcell Queensland Greens
Kawana Jeremy Davey Independent
Kawana mark moss ALP 
Kawana Annette Spendlove Queensland Greens
Keppel Clancy Mullbrick Queensland Greens
Keppel Brittany Lauga Labor
Kurwongbah Rachel Doherty Queensland Greens
Lockyer Ian Simons Queensland Greens
Logan Liam Jenkinson Queensland Greens
Lytton Ken Austin Queensland Greens
Macalister Melissa McMahon Labor
     
MacAlister Gregory Bradley Independent
Macalister Gabi Nehring Queensland Greens
Mackay Martin McCann Independent
Mackay Elliot Jennings The Greens
Maiwar Ali King Australian Labor Party
Maiwar Michael Berkman Queensland Greens
Mansfield Barbara Bell Queensland Greens
Maroochydore Daniel Bryar Queensland Greens
Maroochydore  Julie McGlone Queensland Labor
Maryborough Craig Armstrong Queensland Greens
McConnel Kamala Emanuel Socialist Alliance
McConnel Grace Grace Labor
McConnel Kirsten Lovejoy Queensland Greens
Mermaid Beach Gary Pead Independent
Mermaid Beach Helen Wainwright Queensland Greens
Miller Mark Bailey Labor
Miller Deniz Clarke Queensland Greens
Mirani Christine Carlisle  Queensland Greens
Moggill Evan Jones ALP
Moggill Lawson McCane Queensland Greens
Morayfield Mark Ryan Australian Labor Party
Morayfield Gavin Behrens QLD Greens
Mount Ommaney Jenny Mulkearns Queensland Greens
Mudgeeraba Jill Pead Independent
Mudgeeraba Rod Duncan Queensland Greens
Mulgrave Carmel Murray Queensland Greens
Mundingburra Alan Birrell Independent
Mundingburra Jenny Brown Queensland Greens
Mundingburra Coralee O'Rourke Labor
Murrumba Steven Miles Labor
Murrumba Jason Kennedy Queensland Greens
Nanango John Harbison Queensland Greens
Nicklin Mick Tyrrell Queensland Greens
Ninderry Bill Gissane Labor
Ninderry Sue Etheridge The Greens
Noosa Aaron White Independent
Noosa Sandy Bolton Independent
Noosa Mark Denham Labor
Noosa Robin Bristow Reason
Noosa Phillip Jenkins Queensland Greens
Nudgee Ell-Leigh Ackerman Queensland Greens
Oodgeroo Tony Austin Australian Labor Party
Oodgeroo Brad Scott Queensland Greens
Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd  ALP
Pine Rivers Jack Margaritis Queensland Greens
Pumicestone Jason Burgess N/A
Pumicestone Tony Longland The Greens
Redcliffe James Bovill Queensland Greens
Redlands Kim Richards ALP
Redlands David Keogh Queensland Greens
Rockhampton Barry O'Rourke Labor Party
Rockhampton Kate Giamarelos Queensland Greens
Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe Labor
Sandgate Miree Le Roy Greens
Scenic Rim Shannon Girard Queensland Greens
South Brisbane Jackie Trad Labor
South Brisbane Amy MacMahon Queensland Greens 
Southern Downs Antonia van Geuns Queensland Greens
Southport Michelle Le Plastrier Queensland Greens
springwood john taylor civil liberties, consumer rights, no-tolls party
Springwood Neil Cotter Queensland Greens
Stafford John Meyer Queensland Greens
Stretton Anisa Nanaula Queensland Greens
Surfers Paradise Scott Turner Queensland Greens
Surfers Paradise  Anthony Walker  Labor 
Theodore Luz Stanton Labor
Theodore Tina Meni Queensland Greens
Thuringowa Mike Rubenach Queensland Greens
Toohey Gordon King Queensland Greens
Toowoomba North Josephine Townsend Only Federally - NXT
Toowoomba North Emmeline Chidley Queensland Greens
Toowoomba South Susan Krause Queensland Labor
Toowoomba South Alyce Nelligan Queensland Greens
Townsville Rebecca Ryan Queensland Greens
Traeger Peter Relph Queensland Greens
Traeger Peter Relph Queensland Greens
Traeger Ronald Bird LNP
Warrego Ian Mazlin Queensland Greens
Waterford Lee McKenzie McKinnon Independent
Waterford Shannon Fentiman ALP
Waterford Kirsty Petersen Queensland Greens
Whitsunday Imogen Lindenberg Queensland Greens
Woodridge Jacob Rice Queensland Greens

*Please note: This list only contains the candidates who have said yes to Fair Agenda's pledge question. Other responses that have been received from candidates' will be released by Fair Agenda in coming days.

 

This election we have an historic opportunity to win safe and legal abortion in Queensland... 

Fair Agenda's analysis shows that there are enough pro-choice candidates challenging anti-choice MPs in key marginal seats to tip Queensland’s parliament to a pro-choice majority at this election. That's exactly what we need to change these archaic laws.

But to make that happen, it will take all of us. Can you help? Sign up to get involved in the campaign for safe and legal access to abortion here: http://www.fairagenda.org/decriminalise_qldelection

 

 

The Fair Agenda pledge question

Fair Agenda has asked all candidates to pledge that if elected:

I will vote to remove abortion from the criminal code, and support laws to ensure all Queenslanders can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated.

Specifically, taking the pledge means that candidates commit to support reforms that:

  1. Treat abortion like other medical procedures, as a private decision for the pregnant person in consultation with their doctor, up until 24 weeks gestation. And also provide legal access to abortion beyond this point if the pregnant person consents and two doctors determine there is a risk of harm if the pregnancy is not terminated. (This is consistent with the Victorian Law Reform Commission's recommendations and Queensland clinical practice regarding foetal viability). 

  2. Ensure a doctor's personal beliefs don't get in the way of their patient's access to reproductive healthcare; by requiring doctors who oppose abortion on the basis of their personal beliefs to refer a patient seeking advice on, or provision of, an abortion to another provider who doesn't have the same opposition.

  3. Create safe access zones that prevent harassment and intimidation within 150m of premises that provide abortion.

This pledge ask is also backed by: The Human Rights Law Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, White Ribbon and the Queensland Council of Unions.

Candidates can add their response to Fair Agenda's pledge question at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FA_Qldelectionpledge

 

- Authorised by R.Carr, Fair Agenda, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.-

Written by Renee Carr
12 November 2017

The 103 candidates who have signed up to Fair Agenda’s pro-choice pledge are willing to be champions on this issue. To win this – we need to make sure others are willing to step up and join them. We won’t be able to do that if all our pro-choice champions are hearing is backlash.

Can you help show pro-choice champions they’ve got community support, by sending them a quick email to thank them for taking the pledge?

Send all our pro-choice champions an email thanking them for taking the pro-choice pledge by bcc'ing all the email addresses.

Who has taken the Fair Agenda pledge so far?

Electorate Candidate Email Party affiliation
Aspley James Hansen james.hansen@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Bancroft Simone Dejun simone.dejun@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Bancroft Chris Whiting MP Murrumba@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
Barron River Cameron Boyd cameron.boyd@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Bonney Rowan Holzberger Rowan.Holzberger@queenslandlabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Bonney Amin Javanmard amin.javanmard@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Broadwater Daniel Kwon daniel.kwon@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Buderim Tracy Burton office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Bulimba Felicity Jodell office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson bundaberg@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
Bundamba Michelle Duncan michelle.duncan@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
McMaster / Burdekin Mathew Bing office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Burleigh Peter Burgoyne peter.burgoyne@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Burnett Tim Roberts office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Cairns Michael Healy michael.healy@queenslandlabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Cairns Aaron McDonald aaron.mcdonald@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Cairns Rob Pyne cairns@parliament.qld.gov.au Independent
Callide Jaiben Baker office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Caloundra Marcus Finch office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Capalaba Don Brown capalaba@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
Capalaba Joshua Sanderson office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Chatsworth Dave Nelson david.nelson@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Clayfield Philip Anthony Philip.Anthony@queenslandlabor.org.au
Australian Labor Party
Condamine Steven Thomas office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Coomera Tayla Kerwin office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Cooper Reece Walters reece.walters@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Currumbin David Wyatt david.wyatt@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Everton David Greene david.greene@queenslandlabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Everton Bridget Clinch office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Ferny Grove Elizabeth World elizabeth.world@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Gaven Sally Spain sally.spain@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Gladstone Peta Baker office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Glass House Sue Weber sue.weber@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Greenslopes Victor Huml victor.huml@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Gregory Norman Weston office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Gregory Dave Kerrigan Dave.Kerrigan@queenslandlabor.org.au
Australian Labor Party
Hill Johanna Kloot johanna.kloot@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Hinchinbrook Lyle Burness office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Inala Navdeep Singh nav.singh@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Ipswich Brett Morrissey brett.morrissey@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Ipswich West Keith Muller keith.muller@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Jordan Steven Purcell steven.purcell@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Kawana Annette Spendlove office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Keppel Brittany Lauga keppel@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
Kurwongbah Rachel Doherty office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Lockyer Ian Simons Ian.simons@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Lytton Ken Austin ken.austin@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Macalister Gabi Nehring gabi.nehring@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Mackay Elliot Jennings elliot.jennings@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Maiwar Ali King ali.king@queenslandlabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Maiwar Michael Berkman michael.berkman@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Mansfield Barbara Bell office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Maroochydore Daniel Bryar office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Maroochydore Julie McGlone julie.mcglone@queenslandlabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Maryborough Craig Armstrong office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
McConnel Grace Grace Brisbane.central@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
McConnel Kirsten Lovejoy kirsten.lovejoy@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
McConnel Kamala Emanuel kamalajane@gmail.com Socialist Alliance
Mermaid Beach Helen Wainwright helen.wainwright@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Miller Mark Bailey yeerongpilly@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
Miller Deniz Clarke deniz.clarke@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Moggill Lawson McCane lawson.mccane@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Morayfield Gavin Behrens gavin.behrens@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Mount Ommaney Jenny Mulkearns jenny.mulkearns@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Mudgeeraba Rod Duncan rod.duncan@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Mulgrave Carmel Murray carmel.murray@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Murrumba Steven Miles Steven.Miles@QueenslandLabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Murrumba Jason Kennedy jason.kennedy@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Nanango John Harbison office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Nicklin Mick Tyrrell office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Ninderry Sue Etheridge sue.etheridge@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Noosa Phillip Jenkins office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Nudgee Ell-Leigh Ackerman office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Oodgeroo Tony Austin tony.austin@queenslandlabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Oodgeroo Brad Scott brad.scott@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd pine.rivers@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
Pine Rivers Jack Margaritis office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Pumicestone Tony Longland tony.longland@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Redcliffe James Bovill office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Redlands Kim Richards kim.richards@queenslandlabor.org
Australian Labor Party
Redlands David Keogh office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Sandgate Miree Le Roy miree.leroy@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Scenic Rim Shannon Girard office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
South Brisbane Jackie Trad South.Brisbane@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
South Brisbane Amy MacMahon amy.macmahon@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Southern Downs Antonia van Geuns office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Southport Michelle Le Plastrier michelle.leplastrier@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Springwood Neil Cotter neil.cotter@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Stafford John Meyer john.meyer@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Stretton Anisa Nanaula office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Surfers Paradise Scott Turner office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Theodore Tina Meni tina.meni@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Toohey Gordon King gordon.king@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Toowoomba North Emmeline Chidley emmeline.chidley@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Toowoomba South Alyce Nelligan office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Townsville Rebecca Ryan office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Traeger Ronald Bird traeger@lnpq.org.au LNP
Warrego Ian Mazlin office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Waterford Shannon Fentiman waterford@parliament.qld.gov.au
Australian Labor Party
Waterford Kirsty Petersen kirsty.petersen@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Whitsunday Imogen Lindenberg office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens
Woodridge Jacob Rice office@qld.greens.org.au
Queensland Greens


*Please note: This list only contains the candidates who have said yes to Fair Agenda's pledge question. Other responses that have been received from candidates' will be released by Fair Agenda in coming days 

Fair Agenda has asked candidates to commit that, if elected, they will “vote to remove abortion from the criminal code, and support laws to ensure all Queenslanders can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated." Specifically asking candidates if they would support three reforms (you can read the pledge question in full below).

Fair Agenda's pledge ask has also backed by The Human Rights Law Centre, Women’s Legal Service Queensland, White Ribbon and the Queensland Council of Unions.

 

Written by Natasha Howson
07 November 2017
Written by Natasha Howson
20 October 2017
Press release

Today’s Australian Human Rights Commission report has revealed that 6.9% of university students were sexually assaulted on at least one occasion in 2015 or 2016.

The report has found that 10% of students who were sexually assaulted in a university setting in 2015 or 2016 experienced the most recent incident at a university residence; and 21% experienced the most recent sexual assault at a university or residence social event.

Yet a recent survey by community group Fair Agenda has shown that right now most residences are failing to invest adequately in prevention.

Fair Agenda approached all of Australia’s university residences with a survey asking what, if any, training they provide to students and staff in consent and prevention sexual violence.

Of the 218 residences approached, just 129 have responded to the Fair Agenda survey so far. And of those, only 60 have indicated that they are involving a sexual assault service in the provision of this year’s student training.

“It’s not good enough. We know that sexual assault is an issue at universities, and at residences – and they should be doing everything possible to ensure student safety. That includes investing in prevention and consent training.” Says Renee Carr, Executive Director of Fair Agenda.

“We hear from so many students that there’s a real desire to become better educated in this area. They don’t feel they know what it means to get informed consent.” Says Sharna Bremner, End Rape on Campus Australia.

“What’s more, it’s absolutely critical that any staff responsible for student welfare receive training in how to provide an appropriate response to someone who has just been through this kind of trauma. Right now many staff are not equipped to respond appropriately - meaning that students who work up the courage to try and report what's happened to them are sometimes being re-traumatised through that process." She added.

The data released today also shows that 63% of people who saw another student being sexually assaulted in 2016 did not take action in response to the incident.

Ms Carr added: “Residences should be training students and staff around preventing sexual violence – to make sure they understand things like consent and prevention, how to respond appropriately if somebody discloses that they’ve been raped, and how to safely intervene if you see someone acting predatorily towards one of your friends.”

“It’s also vital that training is being delivered by experts – which means involving a sexual assault service. But so far less than half of the residences who have responded to Fair Agenda’s survey have indicated that they are doing that. Students deserve better." Ms Carr concluded. 

The full results of Fair Agenda’s residence survey can be accessed at www.fairagenda.org/residences_survey

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Renee Carr, media@fairagenda.org 0435 597 976

 

Available for comment:

Renee Carr, Executive Director of Fair Agenda 0435 597 976

Sharna Bremner, End Rape on Campus Australia, 0401 02 249

Nina Funnell, End Rape on Campus Australia Ambassador 0438 479 831

Allison Henry, The Hunting Ground Australia Project, 0410 690 910

 

Fast facts on Fair Agenda’s survey:

  • Residences approached with survey: 218 
  • Residences who have responded to the survey: 129   

Of those:

o Residences who are training all students in preventing sexual violence: 106

o Residences that are involving experts from a sexual assault service in student training: 60

o Residences that are training all staff w welfare responsibilities in preventing and responding to sexual violence: 107

o Residences that are involving experts from a sexual assault service in that staff training: 66

Written by Renee Carr
01 August 2017

Great news! After weeks of campaign pressure, Australia’s Universities have just announced that they will establish the dedicated specialist counselling hotline for students affected by sexual assault that Fair Agenda members have helped call for!

Just last month survivor advocates revealed that Universities around the country were leaving survivors of sexual violence without adequate support. That students who had been raped or sexually assaulted during their studies were being told they would have to wait up to four weeks for a university counselling appointment, and that others who had dropped out of their degrees as a result of their assault were being refused access to university counselling services altogether.

It was a system that was failing student survivors. And things were about to get much worse, with an upcoming report on sexual violence at universities expected to trigger even more disclosures and demand for services in just a few weeks.

Then student group End Rape on Campus and survivor advocate Nina Funnell launched a call for action -- and Fair Agenda members stepped up and helped them build the pressure on universities to stop leaving rape survivors without adequate support.

In just a few days thousands of us signed the petition calling for Universities to fund the hotline, and shared powerful messages urging the Vice Chancellors and Universities Australia to stop leaving students without the support they need, including members who shared powerful messages like:

“This hotline would have changed my life and saved me years of suffering if it had existed years ago. Let's make things better for future.”

"Before I retired 20 years ago I was an academic member of an Australian university. I am appalled to hear that all this time later an issue over which I and other women campaigned is still current."

"A timely response and ability to ensure all students affected by sexual assault have access to decent counsellors trained in trauma counselling is crucial if the student is going to be able to recover... Universities need to take responsibility for this."

Then, ahead of a key meeting, Fair Agenda delivered your messages and petition signatures of support to all 39 Vice Chancellors, and the head of Universities Australia -- to make sure they knew how many alumni, students, survivors and community members backed the call for them to ensure best practice, trauma informed counselling is provided to students who have been affected by violence on campus. And just how many people would be watching and awaiting their decision.

And, together with End Rape on Campus, survivor advocate Nina Funnell and the National Union of Students – Fair Agenda members' advocacy worked! Today Universities Australia announced that they will establish a dedicated specialist counselling hotline for students affected by sexual violence during their studies.

It’s a huge win that will make a difference to the thousands of current and former students who are expected to need this service.

Together, the actions of Fair Agenda members are helping to drive really important wins that are improving the lives of tens of thousands of women.

This is a really important win. But it’s not the only thing that needs to change if we’re going to address the problem of sexual assault on campus. We also need to ensure all residences are providing training in consent and preventing sexual violence. Can you add your support to that campaign as well?

-More info-

Victory for students: Free hotline announced for victims of sexual assault, News.com.au, 22 July 2017.

Written by Renee Carr
24 July 2017
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