This week Federal Parliament returns after a 116 day hiatus. With the Coalition on 76 seats in the House of Representatives, and an uncertain Senate, moving from 8 crossbench senators to 11, our 45th Parliament is set to be a very interesting stage indeed. It's at a time like this that our voices really matter. In this term of Government, the Women's Electoral Lobby will keep demanding reforms that ensure financial security for women. We'll be continuing our advocacy and lobbying the Government to commit to funding the Women and Children's Safety Program. We’re holding parties and politicians to their pre-election promises and continuing to examine how their policies really support women. Continue reading
Dear members, supporters, donors and friends, We're writing to say thank you very much. In the weeks leading up to the Federal Election, our community helped us spread the word that feminism is alive and WEL! We want to send a big heartfelt thank you - we simply couldn't run our campaigns without your support! Continue reading
Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers last met together in March 2013, although State and Territory Ministers met in October 2015. This first meeting of 2016 in Brisbane was an opportunity for Ministers to consider key issues and agree to further work and national collaboration around housing and homelessness. Continue reading
The member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, is currently finalising the draft of a private Members’ bill designed to promote gender equality in offices within the Executive Government of the Commonwealth. He is seeking community support for a greater representation of women in Cabinet, and would like to see as many women as possible in attendance in the gallery of the House of Representatives when he introduces the bill into Parliament. Mr Palmer's office believe that the introduction of the bill is likely to be tabled during the sitting week starting Monday, 29 February 2016. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SPEECH Date Tuesday, 2 February 2016 Speaker: Palmer, Clive, MP Continue reading
'A husband is not a retirement plan' The Senate Inquiry into the Economic Security of Women in Retirement has found that if action is not taken now, women currently aged 25-29 will still face a less secure retirement than men of the same age when they retire in 2055. The Inquiry's final report has been released today and provides 19 recommendations that, if implemented, would narrow the gap between men and women's retirement security. The Inquiry found that Australia's retirement system disproportionally rewards the working lives of men over women. From their first day at work, Australian women face a structural disadvantage in being able to achieve a safe and dignified retirement. Read the full MEDIA RELEASE HERE.