UPDATE 23 May 2021:
Great work! Our collective campaigning is working! News reports today 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.
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within the NSW Crimes Act makes it possible, and even probable that Police, Courts and Juries will rely on false and outdated ‘rape myths’ to decided whether or not an assault has taken place.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.
We urge you to sign on in support of our letter urging him to act to reform consent laws now.
The path to this reform is clear - a report commissioned by the Attorney General himself agrees with key experts, stakeholders and survivors that we need to apply a communicative model of consent within the Crimes Act. This alone won’t solve rape culture, toxic masculinity and the patriarchy, but it will go a long way to ensuring justice for those who have been raped or have experienced sexual assault.
Tell the Attorney General to strengthen consent laws now.
Dear NSW Attorney General,
I urge you to make reforming consent laws in NSW your highest priority. It is crucial that you act now to implement the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission to review NSW’s consent laws and introduce a communicative model of consent into the Crimes Act.
Jenny Leong MP, Greens Member for Newtown has called on the government to urgently act to criminalise coercive control.
Crucial amendments have been made by the Legislative Council to the Stronger Communities Legislation Amendment (Domestic Violence) Bill 2020. These amendments will go a long way to improve the outcomes for victim survivors of domestic and family violence in the State.Read more
Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP has welcomed government reforms which strengthen protections for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence during court processes.Read more
Jenny Leong MP welcomed proposed amendments that would cover situations where someone threatens to use a person's image, aka 'revenge porn'. Currently, this is not an offence and there are no proceedings or take-down orders available in relation to threats around this. This fix is very welcome and will have a huge impact on many people's lives.
Jenny Leong MP made a Private Members' Statement in Parliament to draw attention to the increased risk or poverty and homelessness that older women are currently facing. She called on the Government to act to address this growing crisis, as older women's homelessness is often invisible or overlooked.Read more
Internationally acclaimed artist Wendy Sharpe has just finished a brand new mural dedicated to women's empowerment, right in the heart of Newtown.
Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown, spoke to Parliament to draw attention to World Breastfeeding Week and the 2020 theme which is encouraging everyone to 'support breastfeeding for a healthier planet'.Read more
I know we are in the middle of a pandemic and things are really intense, but it’s also Fashion Revolution Week. So to try to break up the endless virus content, we have let Tommie Mag take over our instagram.Read more
After a decades long community campaign, abortion is finally legal in NSW but substantial barriers to access still exist. Issues with medical professionals fearing backlash or being unsure about what changes to the law mean can have a huge impact on the availability of abortions. A lack of incentivised training is also taking its toll on access.
There are ways to solve this - with some policy changes, some active promotion, a roll out of training and some clear support that reduces stigma, we can remove these barriers.
Sign the Petition Now
Decriminalising abortion was a much needed step to achieving reproductive rights in NSW - but we always knew that this law change wouldn’t be enough on it’s own. Join our call on NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to now deliver on the historic legislative reform we achieved last year by resourcing and empowering health professionals to ensure access to full reproductive rights.
Attention: NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard
We the undersigned urge you to ensure full access to safe, secure and affordable reproductive health care in NSW. Now that we have achieved the long overdue reform to decriminalise abortion in NSW, we want to ensure it also results in real world change for women and people who need it.
We ask that you immediately:
- Ensure that all public hospitals in NSW provide surgical terminations as is the case in Victoria.
- Provide information to all local health districts and all relevant medical professionals that explains recent changes to abortion law and makes clear their obligations
- Actively promote the online training modules available for GP's to be able to provide medical abortion up to 9 weeks
- Encourage and incentivise health practitioners, particularly in regional areas, to attend in person training run through the Primary Health Care Network to increase skills and decrease stigma
- Establish monitoring and reporting mechanisms within NSW Health to ensure that action can be taken where people are given misleading or damaging information about their rights to access an abortion.