The 2019 Federal election failed to increase the cultural diversity of elected representatives’ and where diverse candidates, especially women, faced greater racism and abuse. The latest Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern report by Stephanie Milione, A Truly Representative Democracy, explores the challenges and opportunities women candidates face and how both ELA and the Australian Labor Party can best support women in the future. The report will be released today by Ms Gillard AC and is the result of second Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship.It demonstrates that we must improve our support First Nation women and women from CALD backgrounds if they are to be elected. This internship gives life to the shared vision of Ms Gillard and ELA to promote and make political life easier for the next generation of talented progressive women leaders. Stephanie interviewed Indigenous and CALD Labor women candidates, former and current MPs, about their experience on the campaign trail. She also investigated the surge of women candidates in the 2018 midterm elections on a study tour of the USA visiting EMILY’s List USA, America Votes, Emerge America, the Center for American Women and Politics and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Quote from Ms Julia Gillard “From my work at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, I know the evidence shows diverse teams perform better. That means there is much to be gained if our parliaments are truly representative of our communities. Congratulations to Stephanie on being this year’s intern and shining a light on the unique challenges facing women from diverse backgrounds and how we can best support them to get preselected, elected and have a fair opportunity to become a future Prime Minister.” Quote from Ms Stephanie Milione, the 2019 Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern “The pipeline of talent needs to be fostered early and tandem quotas for diversity should be considered to give legitimacy to our system of representative democracy and arrest the decline in respect for our governments.” Quote from Ms Tanja Kovac, National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia “We take seriously our work to ensure women with intersecting attributes of difference and diversity win elections and will do all we can to implement the recommendations in this report. We thank the Australian Workers Union and Slater and Gordon Lawyers for their leadership in supporting the internship and sharing our vision.” Media Contact: Tanja Kovac, National Co-Convenor 0419 910 577 / firstname.lastname@example.org Read the report here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/emilyslistaus/pages/276/attachments/original/1568590507/EMILY's_List_JGNGI_report_2019.pdf
Today 15 MPs from Labor, Liberals, Greens, Animal Justice & Independents are introducing a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW. We wish the best of luck to Penny Sharpe MLC, Trish Doyle MP, Jenny Aitchison MP & Jo Haylen & all of our EMILY's List MPs advocating for the right to choose. Stand by them in the fight for reproductive freedom, join EMILY's List.
South Australia The bill to decriminalise abortion in SA has been referred to the The South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI). SALRI have opened a process of consultation with the community about abortion law reform and are running an online survey. Read SALRI's Fact Sheets to find out more Take the online survey Email a written submission to email@example.com The deadline for submissions is 31st May 2019. For support writing your own submission contact us. Western Australia McGowan Labor Government released a discussion paper to introduce 'safe access zones' around premises that provide abortion services in WA. The paper explores how a legislative framework might operate to ensure that patients can access health services that provide terminations without fear of protest, intimidation or harassment. Public consultation has begun and all members of the public are welcome to lodge submissions by the 31st May 2019. The discussion paper, the online survey and more information surrounding the consultation process can be found over here. For support writing your own submission contact us.
Despite an unexpected defeat at the Federal Election on Saturday, the Australian Labor Party has continued its progress towards gender equality with 44 women elected to Federal Parliament, compared to only 26 women in the Coalition parties. As candidates recuperate after a hard fought election campaign, sights have now turned to who will lead the Labor Party. Continue reading
If Bill Shorten is elected on the 18 May, he will for the first time in Australian history have equal numbers of men and women in the Labor caucus from which to select a gender equal cabinet. This will be a watershed moment for the Australian Labor Party and the nation. A twenty-five year project to lift the numbers of progressive women in parliament will reach its political zenith. Until Shorten’s powerfully emotional defence of his mother’s memory, most people have had little understanding of how important gender equality is to the Labor leader. But as a champion of affirmative action and equal opportunity for women in the Labor party I have seen Bill’s support for women up close and personal. Through our work together in the lead up to National Conference 2015 to lift the target for women candidates to 50%, I have seen the kind of leader Bill will be. Continue reading
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and before chocolates, flowers and foot spas it used to be a day of political action by mums. With less than a week until federal election day let’s get behind the #MyMum online campaign sparked by Bill Shorten’s heartfelt speech about his mum Ann and the many women-focused policies that the Labor team are taking to the election. Continue reading
Did you hear our National Co-Convenor Tanja Kovac discussing how gender is a major issue this election on ABC's Jon Faine election wrap panel? If you missed out listen online from 1 hour and 37 minutes onwards over here.
Labor has launched the most comprehensive women's policy platform that any Opposition has taken in to a federal election. Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek, Kooyong candidate Jana Stewart, and Labor Leader Bill Shorten presented Australian Women - Labor's Plan for Equality. Continue reading
The Coalition government scrapped the annual Women's Budget Statement so this morning the Australian Labor Party delivered their own casting a crucial gendered lens on the budget to analyse its impact on women. Tanya Plibersek, with the support of Linda Burney and Sharon Claydon, delivered the report. Continue reading