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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Stewart , 3180  /  signed 2017-04-29 07:39:29 +1000
Karen , 3691  /  signed 2017-04-29 07:34:42 +1000
Sharon , 4061  /  signed 2017-04-29 05:53:43 +1000
Kate , 3806  /  signed 2017-04-29 00:01:41 +1000
Judith , 2113  /  signed 2017-04-28 23:27:09 +1000
Ian , 2063  /  signed 2017-04-28 23:04:00 +1000
"Perhaps more women in parliament will mean less tit for tat & less spoilt brat behaviour!"
Linda , 2612  /  signed 2017-04-28 22:39:37 +1000
Richard , 2576  /  signed 2017-04-28 21:18:25 +1000
Kristin , 2530  /  signed 2017-04-28 21:11:41 +1000
"Women should not be discriminated against because they give birth. Abuse in DV frequently rears its head when the female is pregnant. It’s looking like the Liberal Party is replicating this behaviour in its political assaults on Kelly O’Dwyer"
Margaret , 2602  /  signed 2017-04-28 20:43:53 +1000
"This is outrageous. If a male Minister became ill while on the job would they try to get rid of him while he was on sick leave. Of course not."
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