Stronger policies for women – the best Mother’s Day present
11 May 2019
SYDNEY, May 11 – People are saying this is the climate election; yes it is. But people are also saying this is the women’s election, and yes, this is true as well.
Two-thirds of Together’s candidates running for seats in the Senate are women: Climate engineer and expert Belinda Kinkead and Kate McDowell, writer and performer. Both have strong voices that should be heard. Together’s chair is ecologist and environmental consultant Madeleine Faught.
“We need access to affordable housing for our vulnerable; more spending on mental health for families and particularly for support to try to prevent family violence. More spending on legal aid, better access to child care, including for those in regional areas where child care options may be limited,” Kinkead said.
Housing and homelessness is a huge and growing issue for Australians, and in particular for women who are the fastest growing group of homeless people in Australia. Too many women are living in cars, or staying with already overcrowded families. Too many women are on the waiting list for social housing.
McDowell is particularly passionate about access to pregnancy termination services: “In this country women’s reproductive rights are being mediated by old white men (and women) in government who are restricting their access to a termination and even more importantly, to information on options. Australian women have limited access to a termination.
“I am disturbed that many women living in regional and remote areas have are not able to access clear and accurate information about abortion options, and if they are able to get a referral, must travel long distances to access a clinic. I am likewise disturbed by stories of friends in metro areas being refused information on their choices, and refused referrals to a doctor who can perform the procedure.”
Read Kate on termination: https://thetogetherparty.org.au/abortion
For women to be more prominent in government with equal representation a minimum, both in political representation and in policy focus.
For equal pay and status for equal work
For a stronger focus on the physical and mental health issues for both women and men associated with family / domestic violence; as well as the financial and homelessness problems these can create. These issues require far more attention, better funding and more creative, long lasting solutions.
For properly funded access for reproductive rights services– including a comprehensive network for counselling and safe, affordable abortion services for ALL Australians
For better access to more affordable tax deductible childcare
For improved access to counselling and mental health professionals for women and for families. More emphasis placed on preventative counselling and mental health to halt cycles of despair before they turn violent
The Together Party is about real change powered by real people. Together is a new party but not a nice party and has a comprehensive policy manifesto https://thetogetherparty.org.au/manifesto.
We want to hear from you about what you want and what you need.
Twitter: @TogetherParty1 #thetogetherparty
NSW Senate Candidate:
Mark Swivel 0407 875 398
Madeleine Faught 0428 965762
Victoria Dombroski 0419 680 593
Michael Sainsbury +66 927 620321 (Whatsapp) firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie Riddell Danoy 0434 729 230
Local Media Liaison:
Victoria Dombroski 0419 680 593
Written and authorized by Belinda Kinkead, Secretary, The Together Party, - 12/7 Grevillea Street Byron Bay 2481.