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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Frank , 4573  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:41:26 +1000
Ayadurai , 6033  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:39:17 +1000
Robyn , 4802  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:23:29 +1000
Greg , 2529  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:12:54 +1000
Violet , 2795  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:08:29 +1000
"I’m appalled that people are still treating women as second rate citizens when they become pregnant and are mothers. We talk about “baby brain” as if it is a real condition hampering our ability to work or be rational. What excuse do men have in the workforce or politics to not be able to do their jobs. Definitely not acceptable these days. I worked up to the last minute with my fourth child and found babysitting close to work when I went back and it was very beneficial all round."
Jennifer , 2614  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:05:09 +1000
Judy , 4551  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:02:47 +1000
"This is so wrong. Don’t let it happen. A very bad look for the Liberal Party."
Vin , 6026  /  signed 2017-04-28 12:00:41 +1000
Judith , 4069  /  signed 2017-04-28 11:56:59 +1000
Wendy , 2285  /  signed 2017-04-28 11:52:34 +1000
"I am not a Liberal voter but I believe it is not fair to work against a female politician of any party while she is on maternity leave."
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