Media Releases - Women's Electoral Lobby

Major Political Parties commit to more funding, but it's not enough

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 JUNE 2016 MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES COMMIT TO EXTRA FUNDING OF FRONTLINE SERVICES FOR WOMEN ESCAPING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) is pleased that three of the major parties have advised they will commit to extra funding of frontline services, including women’s refuges, for women and children escaping domestic violence. Continue reading

Baird Government Needs to Get Serious About Domestic Violence Funding

MEDIA RELEASE: 20 June 2016  Baird Government Needs to Get Serious About Domestic Violence Funding Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) says the Baird Government should get serious about funding for frontline services for women fleeing domestic violence. Continue reading

Election 2016: Get Serious About Domestic Violence

MEDIA RELEASE 30 May 2016 WEL Calls for Parties to Get Serious on Ending Domestic Violence Four weeks into the Federal election campaign the Women’s Electoral Lobby has called for the major parties to make ending Australia’s domestic violence a key priority.  Continue reading


Media release: Tuesday 17 May, 2016 Federal Budget 2016 With the 2016/17 Budget failing to bring Australian women into the centre of the economy and pushing many further into poverty as well as cuts to overseas aid which will hurt vulnerable women in our region, the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) – supported by a range of academic institutions and women’s groups – is calling for both major parties to stop their war on women. Continue reading

Budget 2016, Women and Children’s Safety Program - where is it?

Media release: Tuesday 3 May, 2016 Federal Budget 2016 Women and Children’s Safety Program- where is it? Government fails to fund essential services for women experiencing domestic and family violence Women’s Electoral Lobby, Australia (WEL) has slammed the budget for not funding a women and children’s safety program including desperately needed frontline crisis services for domestic and family violence. WEL Australia Deputy Chair Helen L’Orange said, ‘A good start would have been $1billion over 5 years from the Commonwealth for a long term and securely funded Commonwealth/State national program for 24-hour accessible women’s refuges, frontline outreach services and transitional accommodation.’ Continue reading

All talk and no funding for domestic and family violence prevention

A lack of adequate funding in the latest Budget for services and programs will see good intentions to address crisis levels of domestic and family violence in Australia flounder, according to the Women’s Electoral Lobby, Australia (WELA). Continue reading

More to do on women’s work participation: Intergenerational Report

The Intergenerational Report released today shows there is still much work to be done to improve women’s participation rates in the workforce. Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia Chair Melanie Fernandez said she was concerned the Government was doing too little to prioritise and address the issue. Continue reading

Zoe’s Law to be debated in the NSW Upper House

The Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia (WEL) is deeply concerned and disappointed by Premier Mike Baird’s calls for the Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill No. 2 2013 to be debated in the NSW Upper House. ‘This Bill is an unnecessary and harmful change to the NSW Crimes Act and should not be passed,” said WEL Australia Chair Melanie Fernandez. Continue reading

Women are hidden victims of Australia’s affordable housing crisis

Women, especially mid aged and older women, are the largely hidden victims of Australia’s affordable housing crisis according to Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL). WEL presented evidence before the NSW upper house Affordable Housing Inquiry on Monday 12 May that the crisis in housing affordability has specific impacts on women. Continue reading

2014-15 Federal Budget impact on women

The 2014-15 Federal Budget will increase the impact on women of income inequality, difficulty accessing affordable quality child care, scarcity of affordable housing, and rising costs of healthcare, according to the Women’s Electoral Lobby. Continue reading