Helen works in communications and recently completed a postgraduate research project on workplace gender equality. To mark International Women’s Day, she writes how Labor should be #SettingTheAgenda on parental leave.
The government is attempting for the third time to reduce paid parental leave (PPL), with the proposal reworked as one of several ‘savings measures’ in the social services omnibus Bill that recently passed the House of Representatives.Read more
Emma Maiden writes about what it will take to continue the push for equality for women
A few weeks ago I went to an organising meeting for the International Women’s Day March (it’s 10am on 11 March BTW – save the date). But there was a problem. We needed extra chairs.Read more
The Greens say that their Sugar Tax policy aims to tackle childhood obesity by changing the diets of Australian children. A noble cause on the face of it, but in reality it is a lazy, paternalistic policy that unfairly targets low income families. The Green policy fails to address the fact that obesity is not a disease with a single cause, but a multifactorial disorder involving both environmental and psychological factors. A policy that aims to make sugary drinks unobtainable by low income families is a tax on on the underprivileged, which only serves to prove the Haves know better than the Have Nots about what is good for them.Read more
Chloe Smith is a unionist, feminist, student activist and spends her days smashing the patriarchy. Here she writes about the global fightback in a Donald Trump world.
For many women, Donald Trump’s election as president confirmed what a lot of us already knew. It told us that the standards set for women to succeed in public office are set immeasurably higher than they are for men, despite the influx of women politicians and leaders over the previous decades. It told us that the old cry that allegations of sexual assault will ruin a man’s career is a fallacy, as long as that man holds any sort of power or can turn a profit for someone else. And it told us that the women’s movement still has a lot of work to do to achieve our economic, social, and political freedom - and, in fact, that the victory we have fought for is much further away than we may have imagined.Read more
I’m proud that Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan includes a target of 50 per cent of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. This is an achievable, sensible, emission reduction and energy modernisation policy which when implemented will place Australia at the forefront of the growing global renewable energy economy. It places Labor on the right side of public opinion, but much more importantly, it places Labor on the right side of history.Read more