The High Court of Australia has delivered a landmark ruling confirming the constitutional validity of legislation establishing safe access zones in Victoria and Tasmania. This bodes well for the McGowan Labor Government proposed Safe Access Zones in WA. Yesterday they 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 on the development of the proposed legislation by the 31st May 2019. The discussion paper, the online survey and more information surrounding the consultation process can be found over here.
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.
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 read the full statement here. You can watch video of the presentation over here on Bill Shorten's Facebook page.
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.
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
In January I was fortunate to travel to Myanmar as adviser to an International Women’s Development Agency program which matched six Australian women Members of Parliament with six Myanmar MPs. The Program is based on the EMILY’s List Mentoring Model. And four of our most experienced and skilled EL mentors are participating in the Program – Senator Claire Moore, Lisa Chesters federal MP for Bendigo, Judith Graley former Victorian MP and Dr Lesley Clark former Queensland MP. Continue reading
We've had a massive year and are proud to present our annual report 2017-2018!
EMILY’s List Australia has released Impact Analysis research – the first of its kind in the world – which demonstrates what a critical mass of progressive Labor women working together for gender equality can achieve in parliament. Over the past four years of an Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, comprised of 42% women in the Cabinet and 44% in the government overall, significant achievements have been made in public policy, legislation and cultural change promoting equity, diversity, choice, childcare and equal pay. The full Impact Analysis of EMILY’s List Australia women in the Victorian Parliament 2014-2018 and our media release accompanying the report can be read below.
EMILY's List Australia has released the Julia Gillard Next Generation Inaugural Internship Report. As part of the program, the first ever participant Elise Delpiano conducted research into best practice for increasing women's political participation and traveled to New Zealand to compare our political culture with theirs. You can now read the "The Glass Labyrinth: Increasing female political representation in Australia – lessons from New Zealand" report below:
Housebound: a woman’s place is in the House (and in the Senate) This publication was produced to commemorate our 18th birthday. Contributors include Julia Gillard, Joan Kirner AC and many of the key women who played a role in developing EMILY’s List. Please email us if you would like a printed copy.