ERA, as part of the The National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group, contributed to this submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia.

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“Between the summer of bushfires, in which almost 2,500 homes were lost in NSW alone, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to ensure access to housing as part of an adequate standard of living is and will continue to be an urgent imperative. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing stated that […]

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“The COVID-19 pandemic is both a public health and an economic crisis, with long-term economic impacts to the Australian population. Women, and particularly young women, are one of the hardest hit demographics due to their overrepresentation in casual work, and in the retail and hospitality sectors. Disasters such as this pandemic have been shown to […]

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ERA is part of the Snap Forward Feminist Policy Network, and contributed to this submission on COVID-19. “The Snap Forward Feminist Policy Network (SFN) is working to ensure a gender-responsive COVID-19 recovery over the immediate and longer term: we want a Snap Forward which also contributes to the achievement of gender equality. SFN brings together […]

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The National Women’s Alliances have released this joint position paper on disaster recovery, planning and management. People with Disability Australia have also contributed expertise to the drafting of this paper. “During an emergency, everyone in a community is affected, but there is strong evidence to show that different groups of people experience disaster differently. Gender stereotypes […]

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ERA welcomes the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020. PPL is recognized as a crucial measure for progressing gender equality,5 and in the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. ERA is broadly supportive of the Bill, and its intended aim of increasing women’s workforce participation […]

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ERA is pleased to launch Analysing the Gap: Opportunities to improve gender equality in Australia’s public policy processes. Public policy research has established that the outcomes and effects of government policies are gendered and consideration of the gendered effects of policies can be a powerful means to promote gender equality as well as delivering more efficient policymaking. A common technique used […]

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“ERA is strongly opposed to welfare conditionality, and opposes the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) Trial through the compulsory transitioning on people on Income Management to the CDC. ERA supports the CDC as an opt-in program only. We are concerned that the program discriminates against women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, […]

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“The design and delivery of Newstart and income support payments is currently gender blind, even though the global trend is for Governments to incorporate a gender analysis when making budgetary and other decisions Given the critical role played by our welfare system in supporting women’s economic welfare, ERA calls on the Committee to bring a […]

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