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.
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!
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.
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, MPRead more
'A husband is not a retirement plan'
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.
We’d love Christian Porter to be talking new money for women’s refuges but he isn’t - just another 'reannouncement'
Here at WEL we are saddened by the continuing news that there is no new funding for frontline family violence services. Almost daily we hear of yet another woman killed at the hands of her partner or ex-partner, and until attitudinal and behavioural change campaigns and programs can show real results, WEL is calling on the Government to establish a Women's and Children's Safety Program (WACS Program). With a large number women's refuges closing their doors, and the remainder struggling to provide services on limited funding, women and children remain at risk.
Asked last week about greater funding for frontline domestic violence services, Christian Porter, Minister for Social Services, said the Coalition government has done more in the past nine months than has been ever done before. Minister Porter cited $230 million for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Porter's comments last week were a 'reannouncement' of the March 2015 announcement by Scott Morrison, the then Federal Minister for Social Services. In March 2015, the Federal Government extended homelessness funding for another two years, providing $230 million under the NPAH.
Mr Morrison said the Government would provide $230 million to extend NPAH until 2017, with funding priority given to frontline services focusing on women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, and homeless youth under 18. (1)
The Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) report issued in December 2015 has no homelessness funds for 2017-2018. (2)
Attitudinal and behavioural change are crucial to eliminating violence against women. But so are drastically underfunded women’s refuges and other frontline domestic violence services.
WEL spokesperson Helen L’Orange said, ‘the Prime Minister should emulate Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews who has moved swiftly to commit half a billion dollars to implement the recommendations of Royal Commission into Family Violence.’