No one should lose their job while they're on maternity leave

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 the importance of examples women who have both a family and a high profile career in politics. Now, there are reports a group of “disgruntled millionaires” have chosen this as the moment to try and replace her in her local seat.[2] If we let them get away with it; it will set an incredibly dangerous precedent.

We have to generate a wave of public backlash so loud that Liberal Leaders can't ignore it -- and speak out to stop this attack. Can you help by signing and sharing this petition?

References (click to view)

1. Vexed Liberals move to dump Kelly O’Dwyer while on maternity Leave, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 2017.

To the Victorian Liberals and Prime Minister Turnbull,

We are extremely concerned about media reports that moves are being made to replace Higgins MP Kelly O’Dwyer while she is on maternity leave, and the dangerous precedent this would set. We urge you to stop this attack.

Signed,

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mary , 6160  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:35:49 +1000
Alice , 2110  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:33:00 +1000
"Do men need to cheat to stay ahead? Institute an awareness course for elected politicians, to develop empathy and some intelligence."
Wendy , 2261  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:31:06 +1000
"It’s all about fairness!! This is a democratic country. We need to give women the tools to look after both their family and to support themselves financially."
Christine , 2232  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:24:08 +1000
Keelah , 2094  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:23:03 +1000
"She’s on maternity leave and has a right to keep her job."
Joan , 3170  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:15:46 +1000
"Misogynists should not be able to get away with this behaviour."
Betty , 2477  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:15:13 +1000
"As a Labor voter,I think this issue crosses party lines. No woman should be put through this stress after just giving birth, & on Maternity leave. It is a disgrace! They wouldn’t do it to a male politician!"
Kerry , 2230  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:13:45 +1000
Mary , 6148  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:12:50 +1000
Noni , 6155  /  signed 2017-04-27 23:12:29 +1000
"Parliamentary representation should be representative of our community – including women and including mothers!"
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