Bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW introduced

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.

SA and WA consultations on abortion law reform

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 salri.new.ref@adelaide.edu.au  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.

Labor women deliver in a difficult election and should lead

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

Bill’s heart in gender equality

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

#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.  Continue reading

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.

Labor women's policy platform launch

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

High Court decision on Safe Access Zones

The High Court of Australia has delivered a landmark ruling confirming the constitutional validity of legislation establishing safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania. Continue reading

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.   Continue reading

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, Linda Burney and Malarndirri McCarthy. For more information on how to become an EMILY's List Australia endorsed candidate contact us.