Previous campaigns

Since Fair Agenda launched its first campaigns in March 2014, members across the country have come together to drive change on issues that matter to them, winning change through campaigns like...

All male line up?

Win! What a joke!

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: In 2014 when Just for Laughs made headlines for their all male pre-sale line-up, Fair Agenda members called on festival organisers to address their gender problem, and worked together to make sure this issue dominated the festival's social media in the first weeks of promotions. When the...

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Reporting on abs?

In July this year, The Age ran a feature article on Minister Julie Bishop - Australia's first female foreign minister. The piece outlined Minister Bishop's dizzying schedule, challenging role, and the strong endorsements she's received from colleagues, including an official who says "she is the most impressive foreign minister we've...

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Unis: stop leaving rape survivors without adequate support

Win! Hotline for student survivors of Uni sexual violence

Great news! After weeks of campaign pressure, Australia’s Universities have just announced that they will establish the dedicated specialist counselling hotline for students affected by sexual assault that Fair Agenda members have helped call for! -- Previous: Right now students at Australian universities are being sexually assaulted at an alarming...

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Geoff Shaw

Victory! Premier blocks maverick MP's attack on reproductive rights

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Premier Napthine has told media that "while I am Premier, I will now allow Mr Shaw to introduce any legislation seeking to change abortion laws in Victoria". It's a great win - congratulations to everyone who was involved in the campaign! ---- Earlier this month Shaw...

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This is supposed to reflect

This is supposed to reflect "all Australian women"?

Campaign via Fair Agenda member Anisha: Scrolling through my newsfeed today, my heart sank coming across Priceline's current Facebook cover photo. According to Priceline, they're celebrating the beauty of all Australian women. Yet they seemed to have missed a few of us out. As a South-Asian woman,...

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Stop Abbott blocking gender balance goal

Tony Abbott and Ray Hadley have just blasted the Australian Human Rights Commission and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins for proposing the Commonwealth Government take action to ensure the organisations it is contracting are making efforts to help improve gender balance in workplaces.[1] The Commission has recommended that...

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Win! Myer: Please don't promote unhealthy body image

GREAT NEWS! We delivered your signatures to Myer's flagship Sydney store on Tuesday 17th June, making headlines around the country! Myer have now told Channel 10 news they aren't planning on buying any more of the dolls. It's a positive and important step forward. Thanks to everyone who was involved in the campaign....

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Robert Clark: RSVP no

Government ministers + health misinformation?

GREAT NEWS! Victorian attorney general Robert Clark has withdrawn from the controversial World Congress of Families conference.The Congress - and their anti-abortion agenda - were set to be welcomed by Clark, as Victoria's chief law officer, just months after attacks on abortion laws were being suggested to our parliament. Then, Fair Agenda members, alongside groups like Mamamia, Vocal...

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Abortion rights: where do they stand?

Abortion: Where do Vic election candidates stand?

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Thanks to Fair Agenda members, during the Victorian election campaign we were able to show where 140 candidates stand on critical reproductive rights issues. Our candidate survey and its results were covered in both major Victorian papers the Herald Sun and The Age, and our information on candidate...

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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...

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gender reporting

Gender reporting under threat

- Campaign dated January 2015 - Australia still has a lot of work to do on gender equality in the workplace – in fact, last year our gender pay gap blew out to a record 18.2%.1 We know that in order to address workplace inequality issues, you need...

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WA Senate Candidate Survey Results

After the Facebook content recently shared by the Australian Sports Party, Fair Agenda members expressed serious concern about where the candidates for the WA election stand on issues affecting women. As a result, this week Fair Agenda asked representatives from each of the parties running in the WA election...

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What the budget means for you

Budget reports have revealed that women will be disproportionately affected by many of this year’s budget measures, including the controversial changes to Medicare payments, student loan interest and super contributions for low-income workers. To pass these changes, the Government will need the support of the Senate – and if we...

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Sports party

What does the Sports Party stand for?

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: After more than 450 Fair Agenda members took action in this campaign, the story got picked up by 6 different news outlets, including the ABC, Daily Life and Triple J News. Then the Sports Party's lead candidate Wayne Dropulich was asked to explain why he thought the...

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Just 'Men's Health'?

Just Men's Health?

Why does the AFR - Australia's "leading authority on business and finance news", and sponsor of the 2014 Women of Influence Awards - only run a men's health section? via Fair Agenda member Sonia: In this day and age you wouldn’t expect to open a leading newspaper, and...

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A game changing policy

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: With the change of Premier, Minister Upton has moved from the Sports and Recreation portfolio. Can you sign the petition to show the new Minister for Sport and Recreation - Stuart Ayres MP - the community support an equal prize money policy?  -- The NSW Government is thinking about requiring community...

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NSW MPs: Vote to protect patients from harassment at abortion clinics

WIN! On the 8th of June 2018 the NSW Parliament voted to legislate safe access zones in NSW! Thank you to all the Fair Agenda members who signed the petition, emailed or called their MP, donated, or turned up to be part of the rallies in support of the laws....

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Family Violence Election scorecard

In the lead up to the Victorian election, the No More Deaths Alliance - made up of family violence experts working across the state - identified a set of actions they believe are required to help save the lives of those affected by family violence. Together with Fair Agenda, they...

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An election commitment that could save lives

Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of ill-health and premature death for Victorian women under 45.[1] In the lead up to the Victorian election, domestic violence experts have identified a set of actions they believe can help save the lives of those affected by domestic violence. They're asking...

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Tell the right story

Violence against women: Tell the right story

- Campaign dated October 2014 - *TW: discussion of domestic violence News reporting of domestic violence plays a critical role in setting the tone for community attitudes. The way journalists and editors choose to write about family violence is vitally important, because the words they use and the stories they focus...

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Madigan abortion agenda

Stand against attacks on reproductive rights

Last month, our Senate resumed debate on a Bill that is described as the first step in making abortion more difficult to access.1 The bill was introduced by Senator John Madigan -- who is "unashamedly" anti-abortion, and has previously admitted that he would push for further reforms if...

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It's (well past) time for more women in cabinet

- Campaign dated September 2015 - Right now the Australian cabinet looks very little like Australia. Men hold 9 times as much power in the cabinet as women - at a time when the government is leaving women without access to potentially life-saving domestic violence services; the gender...

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Libra's absorption problem

Just weeks after Google launched a $50 million program to help address barriers to girls involvement in the science, technology engineering and mathematics sectors; and despite evidence that stereotypes and cultural biases still impede women's success in the 'STEM' areas… Libra have rolled out this new advertising campaign. Libra's website...

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PM: It's time for concrete measures

- Campaign dated July 2015 -  Only 21.8% of the MPs representing the Liberal Party in our federal parliament are women. And the numbers of Liberal women are declining - leaving the party, and our democracy, poorer as a result.1 This week two prominent...

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Education reforms that disadvantage women?

Senators: Stand against education reforms that disadvantage women

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Fair Agenda members have hand delivered your signatures to key crossbench Senators around the country, showing the community opposes education reforms that would disadvantage women. Up to $45,000 – that­­’s the amount of extra interest women could end up paying on their degree under the Government’s proposed tertiary...

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WA Senate Election

After seeing the Facebook content recently shared by the Australian Sports Party, Fair Agenda members have expressed concern about where the candidates for the WA Senate election stand on issues affecting women. Earlier this year hundreds of Fair Agenda members came together in communities across the country to tell us...

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FreeTV: Include specific warnings in viewer advice

*Trigger warning: Discussion of sexual violence Right now, commercial television stations in Australia are required to provide warnings to viewers if a program contains violence or sex scenes - but aren't required to specify if the program contains sexual or domestic violence. Exposure to this kind of content can cause trauma to...

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Family violence: a national emergency

A critical intervention that could help save lives

UPDATE: Death reviews have now been listed as a key action area in the Second Action Plan - our governments' national plan to reduce violence against women and their children. The Plan helps set the agenda for Commonwealth, state and territory government action on family violence for the next 3 years. The inclusion...

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Young Liberals: Reject sexist and racist comments

The Age is reporting that senior members of the Melbourne University Liberal Club have posted a series of misogynist and racist comments on social media – describing women as “sluts”, Muslims “degenerates”, and repeatedly demeaning different women.[1] Young Liberals and university Liberal clubs have traditionally been seen as...

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G20 to target the gender gap

100 million new jobs for women

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Great news! The G20 have agreed to a global 'gender gap goal' - that, if achieved, will translate into more than 100 million new jobs for women across the G20 nations.  Last week when Prime Minister Abbott announced that Australia would be putting the 'global gender gap' on the G20...

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"Pregnant and no civil rights"

UPDATE: The Bill proposing the introduction of foetal personhood laws in NSW has now lapsed; thanks to a concerted campaign by thousands of voters and advocacy groups across NSW, including the Women's Electoral Lobby and F Collective. Advocates say they will reintroduce the proposed changes, but this is an important win....

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TV Hall of Fame

There are more stuffed toys in the Logies Hall of Fame than women

- Campaign dated April 2015 -  For the past thirty years, every year the TV Week Logies have bestowed a 'Hall of Fame' award on a person or program who has made an 'outstanding contribution to Australian television'. And in those thirty years, they have only inducted a woman once....

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Women asked who would cook the meals

Women asked who would cook the meals

An internal review of the Victorian Liberal Party has found that during the preselection process women were asked questions like "'how were they going to balance family and political life', 'who would cook the meals' and questions regarding their marital status" and other women in the party were "actively dissuaded"...

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Fifty percent

50% should be the norm, not an exception

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that women will make up at least half of all future appointments to paid government board and court positions in the state moving forward. It's an important policy that will boost women's representation in key decision-making bodies, and it has already received bi-partisan support,...

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Win! Walking alone is not "an invitation"

CAMPAIGN UDPATE: Cnr. Mack has now issued an unreserved apology for his comments. Read more here. Thanks to everyone who was part of this campaign. ---- This week, after a young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in the town, Albury Mayor Kevin Mack reportedly told media: “I...

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Stop cuts to this vital service for women affected by family violence

VICTORY! After months of campaigning by Fair Agenda members, in partnership with Community legal workers, domestic violence groups, survivor advocates and others - the Turnbull Government announced on the 24th April a full reversal to the three years of scheduled cuts to Community Legal Centres!  --Community Legal Centres are a...

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Where do the parties stand on issues affecting women?

Fair Agenda is a community of 35,000 Australians campaigning for a fair and equal future for women. This election Fair Agenda surveyed parties to find out where they stand on five key issues that Fair Agenda members said matter to them. Then we worked with Domestic Violence NSW, Domestic Violence...

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divorce tax

Dump the divorce tax

The federal government has just increased the standard cost of applying for divorce from $845 to $1,200 -- an increase legal providers fear will be prohibitive for many domestic violence victims – and prevent them from moving on with their lives.1 The Prime Minister says the government is focused...

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Stop cuts to working parents' time to care

UPDATE - GREAT NEWS: After two years of powerful campaigning by Fair Agenda members and other concerned community members, the cuts to paid parental leave have been taken out of the federal budget. It's a really important reprieve for the tens of thousands of working families who stood to lose...

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News editors of Australia: Will you make this one simple change?

Imagine if every newspaper article about family violence included the helpline number. It's 1800 RESPECT. It's free to call. It can help save lives and it helps vulnerable people every day. And astoundingly, most newspapers simply don't bother to include it.  Australia’s domestic violence crisis is making headlines around the...

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Good news: Immigration Minister Dutton: It's the least you could do

Campaign Update: Abyan has arrived in Australia for medical treatment and has thanked the Australians who rallied to ensure she was brought to the mainland for her termination procedure.  ---- A 23 year-old refugee woman who has allegedly been raped on Nauru, and who is now pregnant as...

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Economic team

The Greens have a new economic team, and they're all dudes

Speaking to Fairfax about the new line-up, party leader Richard Di Natale said that "the economy's got to serve people, not the other way around." He's right. But right now, the economy is leaving half the population with a gender pay gap of 18.8% and a superannuation gap of 45.7%....

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save 1800 RESPECT

Stop this shocking change to 1800 RESPECT

Campaign update: Fair Agenda member's helped ensure the Government's shocking changes to 1800 RESPECT featured in prime time news on The Project, and stayed in the headlines in the lead up to the election. Unfortunately the Coalition Government still plan to go ahead with their changes to this vital service....

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Family court

No one should have to be cross-examined by their abuser

PROGRESS! The Attorney-General has announced that the Government will soon release amendments to the Family Law Act to address this issue. These amendments will be subject to public consultation, and we may need to do further campaigning to ensure they’re adopted – but this is a really big, and positive...

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Punished for fleeing danger?

Imagine having to flee your home because your abusive partner is threatening your safety. Now imagine that home is a rental property – and that you’ll be penalised for having to end your lease early. That’s the reality for many women in NSW right now. Right now there’s...

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When 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon was raped and killed on her way home from work, Victoria police responded by telling people to “take responsibility for your own safety”. But women don’t need advice about taking responsibility for our safety. We need men to stop making us unsafe. Dictating or...

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