With reports that the Government will introduce a foetal personhood bill to NSW Parliament, Member for Newtown and Greens Women’s Rights spokesperson, Jenny Leong MP has said:Read more
Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has asked the Attorney General to set out a timeline for consent law reform in NSW.Read more
On Wednesday, 28 April 2021, we are incredibly privileged to host this amazing group of activist, advocate and expert women for this important panel discussion.
Watch the full event below.Read more
A Greens motion has been unanimously passed in the NSW Parliament.
The Motion called on the house to:
- Acknowledge that the existence of sexual violence and harassment in workplaces including our parliaments is unacceptable
- Affirm support for people who have experienced sexual violence and harassment, and
- Commit to acting to end sexual violence and harassment in this parliament and the community.
Jenny Leong MP, NSW Greens Women’s Rights spokesperson has made the following comments after her question to the Premier and statements by the Speaker in question time today.Read more
Jenny Leong MP, Greens spokesperson for Women’s Rights has today given notice that she will introduce the Crimes Amendment (Enthusiastic Consent) Bill to the NSW Parliament to reform consent laws in NSW.
Our current laws make it almost impossible for victim-survivors of sexual assault to get justice, with definitions around consent, non-consent and knowlege of consent falling heaviliy in favour of the perpetrator.Read more
UPDATE 23 May 2021:
Great work! Our campaign is working! New reports are suggesting that the NSW Attorney General will be bringing forward his plans for overhauling consent laws in NSW to cabinet this week - and that details are likely to be revealed as early as Tuesday.
We know that the Liberal/National Government is dominated by conservative men - so we need keep the pressure up.
In the coming weeks there will be much debate over the details of the Bill, and the chance to push for amendments to ensure it delivers on our demands for enthusiastic consent.
Add your voice to this petition demanding strong, enthusiastic consent law reforms in NSW - and to keep connected with our continued campaign.
Enough is enough.
Right now in NSW the laws that we have to respond to sexual assaults are woefully inadequate.
The way that ‘consent’ is defined within the NSW Crimes Act makes it possible, and even probable that Police, Courts and Juries will rely on false and outdated ‘rape myths’ to decided whether or not an assault has taken place.
As a result, conviction rates are extremely low and people who experience sexual assault often don’t report it because they know they won’t get justice.
The NSW Attorney General knows this is a problem, but three years after he admitted to it, changes still haven’t been made. He referred the matter to the Law Reform Commission who received input from experts and stakeholders and handed down a report.
He has everything he needs to make this reform a reality to stop sexual assault and ensure justice for victim-survivors
Email the NSW Attorney General to act to reform consent law now.
NSW Greens MPs Jenny Leong and Abigail Boyd are urgently calling on the Premier to reinstate the Minister for the Prevention of Sexual Assault.
In the NSW Cabinet reshuffle of March 2019, the Premier removed ‘Prevention of Sexual Assault’ from any portfolio responsibility despite widespread community demand for meaningful action on sexual assault. When questioned about this in Budget Estimates last week, the Premier failed to provide an adequate response.
Jenny Leong MP, Greens NSW spokesperson for Women’s Rights said:
“Removing the ministerial responsibility for actually making changes to how we deal with everything from education to legal protections for survivors of sexual assault means that the government has largely dropped the ball on this crucial issue.
“Back in 2018, the former Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault said that reforms to the NSW Crimes Act were the first priority of the NSW Government Sexual Assault Strategy. That strategy is set to conclude this year and we still haven’t seen any action on real protections for women.
“Where is the NSW Government Sexual Assault Strategy up to? Has it delivered anything in the prevention of sexual assault or for survivors of sexual assault since the abolition of the Minister for the Prevention of Sexual Assault? It seems the main focus has been on the development of a black and white video and a hashtag.
“The Premier must urgently reinstate the Minister for Prevention of Sexual Assault so that someone is responsible and accountable for delivering the much needed reforms.”
Abigail Boyd MLC, Greens NSW spokesperson for Women’s Equity and Economic Justice, said:
“When I questioned the Premier in Budget Estimates last week, she would not commit to reinstating Ministerial responsibility for prevention of sexual assault and could not provide any concrete government commitments to meet previous commitments to reform consent laws. It’s just not good enough.
“When a government removes ministerial responsibility for prevention of sexual assault and then drops the ball on something as important as sexual consent law reform, you know they’ve made the wrong call.
“Ending sexual violence must be a priority of this Government and it must be backed up by concrete action, not platitudes.”
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Backed by NSW women MPs from across the political spectrum, Chanel Contos has launched a NSW epetition on International Women’s Day. The petition, sponsored by Jenny Leong MP, requires 20,000 signatures to trigger a debate in the Legislative Assembly on the need for holistic consent education in our schools, from earlier on.
Jenny Leong MP, Greens spokesperson for Women’s Rights is urgently calling on the Premier to reinstate the Minister for the Prevention of Sexual Assault and for consent laws to be strengthened in NSW.
In the NSW Cabinet reshuffle of March 2019, the Premier chose to allocate the ‘Prevention of Domestic Violence’ responsibilities to the Attorney General, while the ‘Prevention of Sexual Assault’ element of this previous portfolio was abandoned and is no longer a named portfolio.Read more