ParentsNext: Cruel, ineffective and a breach of human rights Australia’s largest alliance of women’s organisations, the Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), has made a submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services, calling for the ParentsNext program to become opt-in only. “ParentsNext is currently compulsory for many Parenting Payment recipients who […]

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ERA has made a submission to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Workforce Australia  regarding ParentsNext. We’re arguing that the compulsory nature of the program combined with onerous so-called ‘mutual obligations’ puts the ParentsNext program in breach of the right to social security in article 9 of the  Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural […]

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Equality Rights Alliance has congratulated the Prime Minister, the Minister for Women and the Minister for Social Security on the changes to the National Paid Parental Leave Scheme announced today. “The changes are significant and welcome. Overall, it shifts the dial on paid parental leave so all family members potentially benefit,” said Helen Dalley-Fisher, Convenor […]

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ERA has made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Work and Care, arguing that recognising and valuing the care work done by women is a necessary step if we are to effectively address both women’s workforce participation and the problematic gender norms which sit beneath our understanding of care. Download and read the […]

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Here is the full text of Equality Rights Alliance’s intervention at the Jobs and Skills Summit. Please note – this is the unedited version, which was subsequently edited for time on the floor of the Summit. Please check against delivery before quoting. Job and Skills Summit Two Minute Intervention Delivered 1 September 2022 I’d like […]

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Media Release Monday, May 23 2022 Women have spoken: new government urged to prioritise structural reform National Women’s Alliances have congratulated the incoming ALP Government and all new members of the 47th federal parliament, while stressing the urgency of tackling structural change to advance the lives of women and girls across the country regardless of […]

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Australia

  With over 400,000 women over the age of 45 at risk of homelessness, the provision of affordable, long-term housing for women is vital to prevent even more older women from falling into homelessness. On the other hand, younger women are finding it more difficult to secure a foothold in the Australian dream of owning […]

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This year’s federal budget lacks the vision and serious gender lens needed to address the challenges faced by Australia in a just and sustainable manner. “While there are a number of initiatives which show promise, the budget represents a missed opportunity to tackle the drivers of poverty,” said Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) Convenor, Helen Dalley-Fisher. […]

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This year’s federal budget lacks the vision and serious gender lens needed to address the challenges faced by Australia in a just and sustainable manner. “While there are a number of initiatives which show promise, the budget represents a missed opportunity to tackle the drivers of poverty,” said Equality Rights Alliance (ERA) Convenor, Helen Dalley-Fisher. […]

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