Bills to decriminalise abortion in Queensland are due to be debated shortly

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Impact of current proposals to cut family benefits

Impact of current proposals to cut family benefits

OMNIBUS BILL FTB PPL Child Care and other savings Feb 2017

An evening with Soozey Johnstone … Insider insights into I Am The Problem – Melbourne – Tuesday 28 February 2017

Soozey is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected business advisors who shapes businesses of today into the compassionate corporations of tomorrow.

Soozey is enjoying great success with her first book, “I Am The Problem”. This book brilliantly reveals the roadblocks that hold teams back – roadblocks of character, team dynamics, or missing skills – and the roadblocks in ourselves that we can cure. During the evening Soozey will discuss the gap between what women want for themselves, and what their organisations want from them, and how to bring those two things into alignment. She is the brains behind dramatic turnarounds in organisations performances solely by focusing on their people, and also the key ingredient in many people either making a positive career move or being promoted. Soozey is professional, approachable, and knowledgeable who has the ability of getting to the core of business issues in an insightful and refreshing way. This is an event not to be missed.

DATE:       Tuesday 28 February 2017

TIME:        5.30pm – drinks and canapes

  6.00pm – guest speaker

  7.00pm – networking

  7.30pm – close

VENUE:    Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 25, 567 Collins Street (nearest corner King Street)

COST:       Donation to NFAW (tax deductible)    NFAW is funded by your donations. Please help by donating to enable NFAW to continue to be the collective voice for Australian women.

RSVP: Friday 24 February 2017


ENQUIRIES: Jo Jenson 0409 123 328

Presented by: National Foundation for Australian Women

Supported by: Corrs Chambers Westgarth


NFAW is profoundly concerned by the Ministerially approved processes for so-called debt-recovery from Centrelink clients, and calls on the Government to cease using the process pending receipt of a report from the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

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Thanks to all for the efforts put into a great 2016

Seasons Greetings and all the best for 2017

Save the National Partnership on Homelessness (NPAH)

NFAW is supporting the open letter to the Prime Minister to secure an extension to the NPAH on Friday at COAG. Use the hashtag #SaveNPAH when posting online.

VET Reforms – Joint Statement NFAW and Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE)

On the final evening of Federal Parliament 2016, very important policy changes to student loans for vocational educational and training (VET) were enacted, through the VET Student Loans Bill 2016 –read more

White Ribbon Day – Emmar Husar speaks out in the House of Representatives





Community leaders, especially, speak as advocates about domestic violence, but rarely as victims.

Mr Speaker, I would like to do something a little different today.

In my first speech in this place I said 29 out of my 36 years of life had been affected by domestic violence.

I am a survivor of family violence, and it has taken me a long time to overcome the trauma of that to be where I am today.

I know there are a lot of women out there who suffer in silence. Today I stand in solidarity with survivors, with those women afraid to speak, and I will use my story, told in this place to advocate for the change we need.

I will use the eve of white ribbon day as an opportunity to shine a light into the darkest corner of my own life.

The first 13 years of my life was marred with physical domestic violence, committed towards my mother, at the hands of my always drunk-when-abusive Father.

My Dad was the son of a World War Two German soldier who committed many acts of violence against his wife and against his seven children. My father had been raised in a house where violence was the accepted norm and at a time when society said these were private matters.

Whilst the blows that landed on my mother during my childhood didn’t land on me physically “ they may as well have. The trauma inflicted was the same. I recall it vividly and in great detail.

Each episode of this violence over my 13-years was different but the aftermath was always the same: Dad would apologise, promise to be different, and that would work for just a short time.

One evening, at the end of another round of abuse, Dad launched the family dinner of that evening at the wall.

The stain remained on that wall for a very long time “ the stain in my heart would linger much longer. Mum then bundled my sister and I into the family car and fled.

We would go to the refuges in our community, until, after so many years and so many incidents, my father knew the locations and we were not safe there anymore. We then shifted to staying in hotels, which were located above pubs where the people below were loud and sometimes their noise would spill into the streets, waking me and reminding me that I wasn’t in my own bed, in my own home.

I was in a foreign place, because I was not safe.

One night, when Mum was hurrying to get my sister and I out Dad had removed and smashed the distributor cap from the car rendering it useless and us trapped. The Police fetched us this time.

I still remember sitting in the Police station well into the early hours of the morning and the officers in Penrith police giving us pink milk while we waited. The police did their best.

Again, after this event my Mum returned home.

We know why women return time and time again even when their lives are massively disrupted along with their children’s, and I hope that the blame that was launched at my Mum during the 90’s for not leaving, is no longer part of the “solution” around domestic violence and I hope the questions of “why doesn’t she just leave” quit being asked.

Eventually, though, the courage rises up, services step up and women stand up. Finally leaving. But not before one last terrible incident.

There were 13-police cars the last time physical violence affected my childhood. But this was the end of the physical violence, once and for all. Whilst the physical part ceased other abuse around finance and control ramped up.

Sadly, the wheel of domestic violence continues to affect my life as a grown woman, with children of my own. The last 16-years of my life have been and continue to be affected by domestic and family violence.

In the limited time I have left, I would like to thank Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for his continued support of my current situation, his understanding, and the support he provides to me. I would also like to thank my caucus colleagues and staff who know my story, who don’t judge me and continue to provide support.

I would like to acknowledge the Penrith Women’s Health Service who have been providing services to my community for 30-years, including to my Mum then, and to my family now.

Sometimes in my experience I have found that, mostly, victims don’t talk about domestic violence because other people don’t talk about domestic violence.

For many years I was embarrassed and ashamed. I know that I shouldn’t be but I am.

I hope that today, I have lent my voice, my story, and my passion for advocating change, to the choir of the white ribbon movement who call on us to stand up, speak out and act.


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New analysis from the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association

New mums working in retail for employers like Bunnings, Woolworths and Coles will be thousands of dollars worse off under the proposed ppl legislation: