Gillard Election 2010 Campaign

Women’s 2010 Pre-Election Analysis Panel

Established in the run up to Australia’s 2010 election, the Women’s 2010 Pre-Election Panel aimed to discuss and analyse the policies and issues of the Australian Labor, Liberal, Democrats and Green Parties in relation to how they impact on women.

The primary aims of this Panel were:

  • to empower women to make an informed decision when voting in the next Australian election
  • to present proposals for changes and the concerns of women which Panelists’ representative groups want to draw attention to
  • to provide valuable input for a range of key policy areas
  • to be a point of connection between policy makers and women to develop an awareness of what women are experiencing and what they really want election policies to address
  • to be a recognisable force in steering policy formation and in empowering women to critically analyse the issues at stake
  • to enable federal women politicians to connect with Australian women by stating their views and party policies, respond to other panellists’ commentaries and enhance their own awareness of key issues which concern women

Invitations were emailed to women MPs, Senators and Shadow MPs to join the Panel to to provide direct input into women’s issues and to connect online with women on a national scale in the run up to the next election. It was envisaged that their involvement would be extremely valuable to women and to them, as it would enable them to guage the concerns of women first hand as Panellists can comment online on their discussions and other women can reach them via the contact details published with their profile. 

Panelists included:

  • Eva Cox, Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
  • Marie Coleman, National Federation of Australian Women (NFAW)
  • Sue Conde, Unifem Australia
  • Lynette Dumble, Global Sisterhood Network (GSN)
  • Kate Gunn, Security4Women (S4W)
  • Sally Jones, Older Women’s Network Australia (OWNA)
  • Licia Kokocinski, Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity, Community (ADEC)
  • Caroline Lambert, YWCA Australia
  • Melba Marginson, Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC)
  • Sally McManus, Australian Services Union (ASU)
  • Christina Ryan, Advocacy for Inclusion
  • Sue Salthouse, Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
  • Darriea Turley, National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)

Commencing on 2 April 2010, and subsequently on the 4th and the 18th of each month until the election, Panellists presented online analysis of election policies and issues, and proposals for changes at the Centre for Leadership for Women.

Panellists’ commentaries reflected the concerns and direction of state and national women’s groups which they represent. 

Providing valuable, current and relevant input for policy-makers, this Pre-Election Panel assisted women and those who advocate for women’s advancement, make an informed decision when voting in the 2010 Australian election.

Issues of Concern for Women
Issues of Concern for WomenPanellists
NT Intervention – What has not happened
Remote Communities in the NT: Full-time employment vs Part-time employment, and programs for young women
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in Leadership Roles
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in Leadership Roles
Employment, Education and Training
Joy Cardona
Putting the good society back on the agenda
A Feminist Election Manifesto
Henry Review
Boring boy stuff dominates this budget
How to discourage more mothers from combining work and family: CHILD CARE COSTS, HENRY REVIEW, SHARMAN STONE
Recognising Merit
What is a Feminist Policy Framework? 
A big feminist challenge – how to judge our first female PM? 
The Election and Leadership
Read WEL Policy Statements Before You Vote
Eva Cox
The Great Paid Parental Leave Caper 
Supporting Parents through affordable, accessible, quality child and after school hours care
Henry Report-Australia’s Future Tax System- \Government Response 
Federal Budget Response
Paid Parental Leave Scheme almost an Act
Paid Paternity Leave (PPL) Update 18 June 2010
Federal Election 2010
Paid Parental Leave- Government and Opposition policies
Election 2010: What’s in it for women?
Marie Coleman
Unifem’s Key Issues for the Next Election 
Childcare – A cost to Australian Families
Equal Pay equals Equality
Limited results for women in budget
Time for Action is Now (Violence against women)
A First Step for Women
The Daily Challenge of Women in our Region 
Mounting election fever and historical changes for women
“Political Footballs” and the importance of language
Gender Without Borders
Sue Conde
Dominant issues crying out for courageous policy
Climate Change and the Budget
Diverting Australia’s Military Budget to defend against Climate Change
A Feminist Future
The Feminine Face of Australia’s National Obscenity
The Choice: A woman with an eye for the future,, or a man with his head in the past
Lynette Dumble
Economic wellbeing and financial security for achieving equity for women
Henry Report, the Budget and Women
Paid Parental Leave
A Female Prime Minister and Paid Parental Leave
Pay Equity
Care Economy
Kate Gunn
The Older Women’s Network Australia 
Health (Part 1)
Health (Part 2)
An Opposition without Policies
Future Financial Security
Ageing Population
Inconsequential Arguments
Sally Jones
What disability rights activists are looking for from the major parties
The Population Debate and the “ménage a trios”
Preliminary response to Henry Tax Review 
Congratulations to the Parliament on passing the legislation on paid parental leave
Licia Kokocinski
Women as Carers
Skilled Migrants
Elder Abuse Awareness
Older Australians
International Students – Negatives and Positives 
Aged Care Continuing Issues
Dementia – A Hidden Potential Epidemic
Marion Lau
International Students Need Human Rights Protection
The complexity of immigrant and refugee women’s needs and issues make them a “hard basket” sector
Melba Marginson
Pay Inequity in AustraliaSally McManus
Sterilising the Disabled
The Importance of Government Mechanisms to Support Women 
Gendered analysis needed to ensure disability support is equitable
Supporting independence – not pushing into work
Getting people with disabilities elected 
Australia’s Agenda for Women
A Women Prime Minister Working for Women with Disabilities?
Voting for the rights of women with disabilities
Christina Ryan
Better Health Outcomes for the Bush
Current key issues for women in rural Australia: What Rural Women Want
Darriea Turley
Politicians on Panel
NGOs represented on the Panel

Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity, Community (ADEC)

ADEC empowers people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to fully participate as members of the Victorian community. Its Mission states that the way to achieve full citizenship is to assist people with disabilities from ethnic backgrounds, their carers and families to access services and ensure that service systems are inclusive and responsive to their needs.

Advocacy for Inclusion

The mission of Advocacy for Inclusion is to provide information, education and representation to effectively advocate for positive and inclusive outcomes for people who have a disability. We act with and on behalf of individuals in a supportive manner or assist individuals to act on their own behalf, free of conflicts of interest and motivated only by a desire to obtain a fair and just outcome for the individual concerned. We act to influence systemic change (e.g. to government policies, agency practices and societal structures), which enable people who have a disability to be included as valued members of society. We are an amalgamation of two former organisations, Advocacy Action Inc and People First ACT Inc; families, friends, advocates and others actively involved in contributing to/ supporting the principles that make Advocacy for Inclusion work; and individual and systems advocacy funded by the ACT and Commonwealth governments.

Australian Services Union (ASU)

Representing the interests of approximately 120,000 members across the country, the Australian Services Union – better known as the ASU – is one of the largest trade unions in Australia. Formed in 1993 as an amalgamation of a number of unions, including the FCU, the MEU and the MOA, the ASU operates in areas as diverse as local government, energy, water, public transport, , shipping, travel, ports, social and community services, information technology and the private sector clerical and administrative area.

Equality Rights Alliance (ERA)

Formerly known as WomenSpeak, ERA is a national non government network advocating for women’s equality. Working with over 50 member organisations, ERA brings women’s voices to both priority issues for the Australian Government and to emerging issues that women and communities are facing.  ERA is led by the YWCA Australia, a women’s membership organisation and movement.   

Global Sisterhood Network (GSN)

Founded in 1996, the Global Sisterhood Network largely consists of feminists from around the world who work hand-in-hand, irrespective of class, colour or creed, in a collaborative effort to create improved lives for women. 
GSN operates at several levels, but in the main as an information resource centre via the monitoring of media and institutional reports which seek emerging developments in agriculture, economics, employment, environment, health, law, militarism, politics, technology, trade and science, and which either directly and indirectly impact on the realities of women’s lives. To meet this goal, GSN’s electronic list places considerable emphasis on issues have which attracted sparse attention and/or analysis from a feminist perspective.

National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Women’s Gathering (NATSIWG)

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Gathering (NATSIWG) is a forum for Indigenous women across Australia. Held as part of the Ministerial Conference on the Status of Women, the NATSIWG is an opportunity for Indigenous women to discuss issues of importance for them with Women’s Ministers from the Australian, state, territory and New Zealand Governments.

The gathering has occurred annually since 2002, when hosted for the first time in Darwin.

NATSIWG STAKEHOLDERS are COAG – The Council of Australian Government is the peak intergovernment forum in Australia; MINCO – The Commonwealth, Sate Territories and NZ Ministers Conference on the status of women; MCATSIA – The Ministerial Councils on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs; and WAM – Women’s Advisory Meeting .

National Federation of Australian Women (NFAW)

The National Foundation for Australian Women is dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of Australian women and ensuring that the aims and ideals of the women’s movement and its collective wisdom are handed on to new generations of women. NFAW is a feminist organisation, independent of party politics and working in partnership with other women’s organisations. It is not affiliated to any political party and is independent of government funding.

National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)

The NRWC is a coalition of national rural and women’s organisations and an aboriginal woman, which directs the Australian Government funded National Rural Women’s Alliance. This is a conduit for information between rural women and the Government on key policies affecting women.  The Alliance is funded by the Office for Women and joins three other Alliances representing business, young and older women to the Australian Government.  A key objective of the NRWC is to ensure better social and economic outcomes for women living in regional, remote and rural Australia. We seek input from women regularly in a wide variety of ways (meetings, personal contact, conferences, mail and email) to determine policy direction. The NRWC acts only on issues brought forward, and agreed on, by rural women.

Older Women’s Network Australia (OWNA)

The Older Women’s Network Australia is a not for profit organization, it was set up to provide an independent forum in which the special needs of older women could be specifically addressed.  It is committed to promoting the dignity and well being of older women who have a right to be recognized for their contribution to the economic, political, social and cultural areas of life.  OWN believes in a society rich in social capital where mutual respect and trust are paramount, where diversity and debate are valued and where people and their networks have a legitimate voice.

Security4Women (S4W)

Security4Women (S4W) believes that lifelong economic well being is a high priority for Australian women – it empowers women to make choices and live independently. It enriches all aspects of women’s lives including their education, health, employment, personal, safety and financial security over their life time.  S4W engages with Australian women to identify the issues they face and establish those of primary importance. The outcomes from our consultations contribute to national policy reform relevant  to the lifelong economic well being for women.

Unifem Australia

UNIFEM Australia began in 1989 and since evolved to include the National Committee based in Canberra, six chapters including Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and International Women’s Day (IWD) events across Australia.

UNIFEM Australia is one of 17 National Committees including the U.S., United Kingdom, Sweden and Canada. The National Committees support UNIFEM through membership programmes, raising public awareness of gender and development issues and supporting regional programmes through fundraising.

Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC)

In 1994, an assembly of 200 immigrant women at a conference entitled “Voicing our Diversity” at La Trobe University Abbotsford Campus, mandated an interim committee to work towards setting up a statewide advocacy body that would take up issues that specifically concern immigrant and refugee women.  The call was finally realised by a group of 25 women who met on July 23, 1997, and formally set up the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC) by approving its constitution and electing four interim office holders prior to its first annual general meeting.  The VIRWC held its first AGM on November 26, 1998, attended by more than a hundred women representing many cultures. A committee of Management comprising 11 women was elected.  Since then, the VIRWC has grown substantially and includes a variety of organisations and individual members and has completed many exciting projects and intiatives.

Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)

WEL was formed in 1972 to ensure that women’s rights became an issue in the Federal election campaign of that year. It achieved great success and has been active at every election since, and maintaining the pressure on political parties between elections. Lobbying occurs at national, state and local government levels. WEL aims to improve women’s access to decision-making bodies in order to give women input into those things that affect their lives.

YWCA Australia  

YWCA  Australia is a women’s not for profit community-based organisation. YWCA Australia is the national association for YWCAs in Australia. YWCAs work hard to improve the lives of women and girls, their families and communities and to promote gender equality. In Australia, YWCAs do this by developing women’s leadership, providing on-the-ground programs and services in local Australian communities, and by speaking out about the issues that affect women and girls in Australia and internationally.  YWCA Australia is part of the World YWCA, a global network of women advancing peace, justice and human rights in more than 120 countries and reaching 25 million people worldwide.

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