#MyMum wants...

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.  Join us online tomorrow between 9am and 12pm AEST for social media activism by posting a #MyMum message and image. Download and print one of our posters and take a photo with it and your mum/nanna/kids to tell the world what you really want for Mother’s Day. Or post one of our ready-made graphics straight to your social media accounts with the #MyMum and #VoteForGenderEquality hashtags.  Click here to take action What better gift to give mum than a gender-balanced Shorten Labor Government? Let's get #MyMum trending online tomorrow morning!      P.S. If you're not active on social media, you can still give mum or your mentor the gift of more feminists in parliament by donating to EMILY's List Australia on her behalf. You also instantly receive a beautiful printable customisable card. 

Tanja Kovac on ABC's Jon Faine election wrap panel

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.

Give mum the gift of more feminists in parliament

Donate to EMILY's List Australia and receive a printable customisable card for Mum or mentor. Alternatively you can print your donation gift and include it in your own card to Mum. These beautiful digital cards will be sent to you in PDF form to show Mum you care (about seeing more feminists in Parliament)! Donate over here.   

Monthly membership launch for new members

From today 1st May 2019 we are offering the option for new members to pay their membership monthly instead of annually! The monthly membership prices will be: Full $15 per month Supporter $11 per month Concession $5 per month Click here to join as a new monthly member today. 

Labor women's policy platform launch

Last week Labor 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. In addition to being on track to elect the first ever gender balanced government a few highlights in this extensive strategy include: A $660 million investment in the Fourth Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children Legislated 10 days of paid leave for family violence victims A National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy improving access to terminations in public hospitals $400 million to boost women’s superannuation Closing the gender pay gap by making large employers publicly report their pay gap, banning pay secrecy clauses, and strengthening the ability of the Fair Work Commission to order pay increases for workers in female dominated industries You can read the plan over here. You can watch video of the launch over here and here.  Labor has also announced a $4 billion plan for free or low cost childcare and wage increase for early childhood educators of 20% over eight years.   

Election Day called

It's official: May 18th 2019 will be federal election day. Join our movement for gender equity, support more progressive Labor women into parliament. Volunteer on a local campaign to make it happen. 

Labor Women's Budget Statement

  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. You can watch video of the presentation over here on Bill Shorten's Facebook page.  You can read the full statement here.  

International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination

On this day 59 years ago police killed 69 people at a peaceful anti-apartheid demonstration in Sharpesville, South Africa. Six years later in 1966 the UN declared March 21st as the International Day For The Elimination Of Racial Discrimination. In 1998 the Howard Government renamed this day to Harmony Day to depoliticise it and disconnect it from its history. At EMILY's List Australia we are proud to be political and proud to be supporting Women of Colour and First Nations women as endorsed candidates in the upcoming NSW state election and federal election. Read about and donate directly to the campaigns of Sabrin Farooqui, Charishma Kaliyanda, Jana Stewart, Stella Yee, Shireen Morris, Jennifer Yang, Anne Aly and Linda Burney. For more information on how to become an EMILY's List Australia endorsed candidate contact us.

Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern to research diversity

On the eve of a Federal Election, the Australian Labor Party is poised to become the first political party to be represented by 50% women, well ahead of its target of 50/50 by 2025. This success story is in large part due to the research and advocacy of EMILY’s List Australia about the importance of affirmative action strategies for nurturing women leaders. Now, bold new research to be undertaken by Stephanie Milione, the second recipient of the Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship, will investigate the experiences of women candidates from culturally diverse backgrounds to ensure that all women benefit from Labor’s gender target. Continue reading