The Greens welcome the comprehensive In One Generation report from the National Women’s Safety Alliance today, and are proud to support its 20 priority actions. The Greens are calling on all other parties to match their commitment to fully fund frontline services, eliminate violence against women and deliver economic security.
Lines attributable to Greens deputy leader and spokesperson on women Senator Larissa Waters:
“The National Women’s Safety alliance has shown that ending violence against women within one generation is possible, if there is genuine commitment and funding to make it a reality.
“There have sadly been 18 women killed by violence already this year. It’s a national crisis and we need to treat it like one.
“The Greens are proud that our election policy platform backs the policy asks laid out by the In One Generation campaign and we call upon all other parties to commit to those policies too.
“The Greens have been fighting hard for progress on all these issues for decades alongside victim-survivors, activists and women’s organisations.
“Our policy to end gendered violence calls for a self-determined National Plan for First Nations Women and Girls, $1 billion per year to fully fund frontline and prevention services for the life of the plan, $477 million for consent education, $10,000 Survivor Grants, and stronger, consistent national laws governing domestic, family and sexual violence.
“We will reform the family law system and double legal assistance funding so women can get the advice and representation they need to protect themselves and their children.”
“We will help build a strong and trauma-informed workforce, and ensure frontline services, banks, teachers, healthcare workers, police and judges recognise and understand the dynamics of abusive relationships and how to help people affected by them”
“First Nations women, women from culturally diverse backgrounds, women in regional areas, older women, LGBTIQ+ women, and women with a disability are even more likely to experience violence and economic insecurity, and must be involved in the development and implementation of all policy responses.
“We will ensure that victim-survivors’ guide all decisions made under the National Plan, and we will invest in behaviour change and recovery programs to help victim-survivors rebuild their lives.”
“We have introduced legislation for ten days paid DV leave, pay transparency, and full implementation of the Respect@Work recommendations, including a positive duty on employers.
“We will build 1 million publicly owned houses and protect renters so every Australian can have access to a safe home. We will increase the supply of crisis and transitional accommodation for women and children fleeing violence, and support Safe at Home programs.
“We have a comprehensive plan for free universal childcare, and fully costed proposals to expand paid parental leave to 26 weeks, facilitate more equitable sharing of care roles, lifting wages, closing the gender pay gap and increasing workforce participation.
“Ending violence against women within one generation is possible. But the Morrison Government has shown a complete unwillingness to take the action needed to make it happen. That’s why Australian women need to vote them out and put the Greens in balance of power this election.”