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NFAW is planning events in several capital cities in 2015

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PERTH between 15-17 June

MELBOURNE Tuesday 28 July

SYDNEY Monday 7 September with Annabel Crabb

BRISBANE August-September

CANBERRA National Press Club Tuesday 17 November

NFAW congratulates Sue Salthouse

NFAW congratulates Sue Salthouse who was named ACT Citizen of the Year – Sue is an active member of the NFAW Social Policy Committee – read the linked Canberra Times article dated 12 March 2015

Health policy options in the wake of health pricing ideas

The Commonwealth Government focus so far on the use of a ‘price signal’ to make savings in health expenditure entirely misses the nature of the problem with current and future health costs in Australia – and the obvious options for improvement.

Without an aggressive focus on reducing the risks of preventable illness and improving the management of chronic diseases, government fears of the increasing health costs of the growing and ageing population will become a certainty.

Read more here – health policy options in the wake of health pricing ideas (f)-1 Feb 2015

Rosemary Calder is a member of the NFAW Social Policy Committee and this document has been published online by Fairfax newspapers.

Paid parental leave scheme to be replaced with new ‘families package’

“Marie Coleman, chair of the National Foundation for Australian Women Social Policy Committee, joins RN Breakfast” – listen at

Congratulations to NFAW Life Member Anne Buttsworth

NFAW congratulates Anne Buttsworth (NFAW Life Member ) for her award of an AM for her major contribution to the Australian Women’s Archive Project – well deserved recognition for years of tireless effort preserving the history of Australian women and recognising their role in building our nation, and to the advancement of Australian archival research.

Congratulations also to NFAW Life Member the Hon Ann Symonds who received an AM for significant service to social justice in NSW.

Gender reporting under threat. Will the minister for women please stand up?


On Friday, the findings from the government’s public consultation into gender reporting were posted on the Department of Employment’s website. There was no press release to alert anyone to its publication nor any mention made on the department’s social media channels. I only located the findings on the website once notified of the report’s existence and then even then I had to dig around to actually find it.

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NFAW member Dorothy Hoddinott is awarded the 2014 Human Rights Medal.

Join us in congratulating Dorothy Hoddinott in being awarded the 2014 Human Rights Medal.–and-hope-20141210-1240rs.html

Gender reporting critical to G20 goals.

Here is an update about the women’s agenda by Kathy MacDermott of NFAW Social Policy Committee.

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Gender inclusive science community

NFAW endorses the Astronomical Society of Australia support for members who speak up for a gender inclusive science community – read more>


Science Matters Nov 11 plus slides

Following the ASA’s public statement of support for members speaking up for a gender inclusive community earlier this week, I am pleased to say that today the Presidents of the American Astronomical Society, the Canadian Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of Australia jointly signed and sent a letter to Dr Alvaro Giménez, Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency. This letter presents the common views of our four Societies around the incident being referred to on Twitter as #shirtstorm or #shirtgate, and encourages ESA to strongly promote gender inclusive policies and practices to more broadly and effectively raise awareness of these issues.

Andrew Hopkins President, ASA