It's past time for women to have equal pay, equal representation in Parliament, and the right to make decisions about their own bodies. It's time for abortion law reform, and safe housing for women escaping domestic violence.
The Coalition Government is failing women. Seventy-eight domestic violence assaults are reported to the police every day, while the reality is likely worse. Not only do the Going Home Staying Home reforms not work, they actively infringe on a woman’s ability to leave an abusive domestic situation, and they create a bottleneck crisis in a service that is already under-resourced and struggling to meet demand.
The Greens have been fighting hard to protect women's rights and bodies. We initiated a federal senate inquiry into domestic violence. We are committed to decriminalising abortion in NSW. We were part of the successful campaign to restore funding to a number of women-only refuges in the inner-city, and we continue to demand that other specialist services in regional and western Sydney have their funding returned too.
The Greens are committed to:
- Prioritising family violence as an issue that must be addressed by government.
- Defending women’s specialist services and ensuring that crisis services are run by women for women.
- Supporting additional resourcing and training to enable police to respond effectively to domestic and family violence.
- Protecting a woman’s right to safety, both psychological and physical.
- Recognising that women come from different cultural backgrounds, and that laws and services must be inclusive of all women.
- Decriminalising abortion in NSW and respecting a woman’s right to bodily autonomy.
- Working towards reducing the gender pay gap in NSW.
- Ensuring that women are properly represented at all levels of government.