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.


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Kelly , 3095  /  signed 2017-04-27 01:35:27 +1000
Katie , 2611  /  signed 2017-04-26 21:38:05 +1000
"Removing someone from their job while on maternity leave is unacceptable. These practices make it difficult for all women in the workplace."
Paula , 2541  /  signed 2017-04-24 17:11:40 +1000
Lori , 7015  /  signed 2017-04-24 11:35:06 +1000
"The Liberal party is already hopeless when it comes to women in general, to do this to one of their own is just awful."
Jill , 3056  /  signed 2017-04-24 08:25:36 +1000
brooke , 3121  /  signed 2017-04-24 01:25:24 +1000
Mietta , 3066  /  signed 2017-04-23 23:08:29 +1000
"I once met Kelly O’Dwyer at a young women’s event in Central Victoria, I sat next to her on a table and was impressed by her devotion to the experiences of young women by her participation in the event. She has carved a way for all mothers and fathers in parliament and that should be celebrated not denigrated."
Jess , 3121  /  signed 2017-04-23 14:20:11 +1000
Ramya , 2042  /  signed 2017-04-23 14:06:36 +1000
Susanne , 3071  /  signed 2017-04-23 14:00:36 +1000
"This is pregnancy discrimination, pure and simple."
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