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    Campaign equality essential for Labor to win in 2022

    Today we release the summary of your feedback on Labor’s federal election campaign. The report “Target the message: Gender learnings from the Federal Election Campaign 2019” was submitted to the Weatherill and Emerson Review and has very clear messages for the review panel: there is a fantastic women’s policy agenda that failed to be communicated to the Australian voters. We commend the extensive work of the Labor Women’s Caucus and the many members and staff who contributed to “Labor’s Plan for Equality”. The Labor Party presented arguably the most comprehensive plan ever for Australian women, but it continues to underestimate and under resource campaigns that communicate directly to women and therefore win their vote. Our ten recommendations to the review can be summarised as: Keep the women’s policy and communicate it better to win government Invest in gender gap research in partnership with ELA and National Labor Women’s Network activists Ensure sex-disaggregated polling is shared with candidates to tailor the messaging Prioritise winning the women’s vote in all aspects of digital and other campaign material Increase the numbers of women in campaign decision-making and staffing Build a National Gender-Based Campaign Alliance Develop a strategic and operational plan to implement the policy platform Conduct all campaign reviews in accordance with the ALP's Affirmative Action commitments, including chairs and committee members Develop resource kits to assist all candidates to communicate reproductive freedom for women Meet with ELA to discuss recommendations of the 2019 Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship for increasing culturally diverse backgrounds of candidates and members. We thank the many of you who took the time to share your experiences, concerns and recommendations for future campaigns and will pursue the recommendations on your behalf at every opportunity. Read the Executive Summary of the Submission by clicking here. View our media release by clicking here.   - Tanja Kovac and Sharon Claydon National Co-Convenors EMILY's List Australia
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    WA award nominations open

    Each year Emily’s List WA recognises the achievements of two women through the Pat Giles Award and the Don’t Be Too Polite Girl Award at the annual Pat Giles Lunch. The Pat Giles Award celebrates a lifetime of achievement and acknowledges the significant contribution the recipient has made to empowering women in the labour movement. Previous recipients include Cheryl Davenport, Helen Creed, Diana Warnock, Sharryn Jackson, Carol Martin, Nina Devlin, Yvonne Henderson, and Lyla Elliot. The Don’t Be Too Polite Girl Award recognises the potential of a young woman or a woman at the beginning of her career to become a leader in the labour movement. This award aims to encourage a woman who is active in the labour movement to make waves and continue their work to empower other women. Past recipients include Fiona Henderson, Sarah Seymour, Linda Goncalves, Alex Cassie, Gemma Black, Ellie Whiteaker, and Mia Onorato-Sartari. So, we’re putting the call out to you! Do you know a woman who deserves to be recognised? Nominations close Monday 21st October 2019. Please fill out the Pat Giles Award nomination form and tell us a bit about the woman you’re nominating.  Please fill out the Don’t Be Too Polite Girl Award nomination form and tell us a bit about the woman you’re nominating.  Winners will be announced at the Pat Giles Lunch on Sunday 27th October 2019. Book your ticket to the event online by clicking here. 
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  • Upcoming events

    Pat Giles Lunch

    When: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    Where: The Board Room, Pan Pacific in Perth, Australia

    The WA EMILY's List Action Group invites you to the annual Pat Giles Lunch.  A highlight of the feminist events calendar, this year our special guest speaker will be Penny Sharpe MLC, NSW Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, and Shadow Minister for Disability Inclusion. 

    Date: Sunday 27 October 2019

    Time: 12pm - 2.30 pm

    Location: The Board Room, Pan Pacific, 207 Adelaide Tce, Perth

    Tickets: Members $150 / Non-members $180

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    Polka Dot Ball

    When: Saturday, November 09, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Where: City Tattersalls Club in Sydney, Australia

    This special night includes a three course meal and dancing the night away to live music by Girls on the Avenue!
    Dress code is Polka dots, frocks, Rosie the Riveter-inspired overalls and dancing shoes.
    Special guest speaker Yasmin Catley MP, NSW Labor Deputy Leader. 
    - Date: Saturday 9th November 2019, 7pm
    - Location: City Tattersalls Club, 194-204 Pitt St, Sydney
    - Tickets: members $130, non-members $150
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    Who's attending
    Lyndal Gowland Mick Veitch