This week, the National Women’s Alliances launched womenvote.org.au, an online platform where women can access information on how to cast an effective, informed and independent vote. As we head to the polls on 2 July, we want to ensure that women’s voices are being heard, and that our issues are taken seriously.
If you have not enrolled yet, make sure to do so by next Monday by following this link. Did you know that you can apply to be a silent elector if you are worried about your safety? Being a silent elector will ensure that you are enrolled to vote but your address will not appear on the publicly available electoral roll. You can find out more about voting when you need to stay safe here.
Visit www.womenvote.org.au. Women! Use your vote.
Around the country
- The Turnbull government has announced that $30 million of the $100 million over three years promised in the recent budget for domestic and family violence will go to frontline legal services.
- Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced that the Labor Party will provide $65 million over 6 years to 1800 RESPECT, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and Our Watch if the Labor Party wins this election.
- A recent study has found that almost a third of young women don’t feel safe in public spaces at night.
- Women’s Legal Services Australia and Rosie Batty have launched Safety First in Family Law, a campaign to put pressure on leaders of all major political parties to take real action on addressing the failings of the family law system in the lead up to the election. Support the campaign by signing the petition or writing to the leaders of the major parties here
- Last week, Four Corners recounted the brutal murder of Lynette Daley, highlighting the failure of our justice system to address violence against Aboriginal women. Read a response from Antoinette Braybrook, convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum here.