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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George , 3356  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:45:39 +1000
eve , 3141  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:45:01 +1000
Robyn , 2579  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:41:49 +1000
"While woman are taking time off work to have a child, I might add also their partners child, there should be no move made for anyone to take their job. It doesn’t matter if the woman is a politician or working in another job. Children born now are the future generation to whom we will one day have the responsibility of running the country and indeed the world. It is vital they are given the best start to life so they go on to be decent accomplished adults, fit for this task. Maternity leave is still treated with contempt and not taken seriously in many fields. It is up to our politicians to lead the way and showing the importance of maternity and paternity leave to a child’s future. Every parent has the right to enjoy the short time their child is a small baby without feeling that their job is threatened behind their back."
Mike , 3250  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:41:01 +1000
"Unfair! Politicians should learn to resolve issues fairly and openly to model good behaviour to the rest of us."
Caroline. , 7275  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:38:00 +1000
Peter , 4055  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:33:14 +1000
"We are in the 21st century and not the “dark ages”."
carmine , 3008  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:28:43 +1000
Peter , 4075  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:23:25 +1000
"Old white men yet again monster a woman. Very sad and neolithic."
Colin , 5251  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:20:52 +1000
Dale , 2159  /  signed 2017-04-28 08:19:46 +1000
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