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Nicola Roxon and Mark Latham - Labor’s Plan to Combat Violence Against Women and Labor’s Women’s Budget Statement 2004-05

http://www.alp.org.au//media/0504/20007468.html Thursday, 13 May 2004

ALP News Statements LABOR'S PLAN TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Women all across the country are demanding that the Federal Government do more to protect women, and particularly young women, from the fear and reality of violence.

The Howard Government missed its opportunity of playing a major role in combating community attitudes by cancelling a national awareness campaign on violence called "No Respect, No Relationship."

This Budget week highlights the Government's skewed priorities - it allows for more expenditure on advertising the Government's opposition to the Kyoto Protocol than it ever planned to spend on its cancelled violence campaign. The Government calls this a family budget, but refuses to acknowledge the incidence and tragedy of family violence, or do anything about it.

More and more women are concerned - not just for themselves, but for their daughters, sisters, friends and other people's children. Labor will tackle the issue of violence against women. We will use our voices in the Parliament and the community to speak out about this issue, and will work with the community on prevention strategies.

Today Labor announces a number of its initiatives totackle the scourge of family violence and sexual assault against women. In Government, Labor will:

● speak out about violence against women

● run the "No Respect, No Relationship" anti-violence campaign in

full

● give a voice to women affected by violence, by funding a national

peak advocacy group to advocate against all forms of violence

against women ● conduct a national Women's Safety Survey in 2006 (to provide a

10 year comparison) ● review the Sex Trafficking initiative, to include greater support to

victims and more evidence-based approaches from overseas to prevent the trafficking ● consider ways to reform Supported Accommodation Assistance

Program (SAAP) services for women and children escaping domestic violence through direct consultation with the domestic violence sector ● establish a National Commissioner for Children and Young

People ● introduce a National working with children check to protect

children from convicted paedophiles ● address law reform issues required to adequately protect women

and children from family violence ● ensure that community safety funding will have the prevention of

violence against women (in families and the community) as one of its objectives.

Current levels of violence against women are a national disgrace, particularly in rural and remote communities, and especially in our indigenous communities. The true extent of violence against women has not been measured by this Government, allowing the problem to be swept under the carpet and ignored.

Labor will not continue this neglect, nor allow the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young women to continue to be devastated while the attitudes of many young men are left unchecked. Labor will ensure this vital issue for women is addressed.

Labor believes that unless the Federal Government takes a leadership role and meets its responsibilities to help prevent violence against women, the problem will continue to worsen and more women's lives will be ruined or tragically lost.

A Federal Labor Government will ensure that eliminating violence against women is made a top priority and that an effective national effort will be made to educate the whole community so that women no longer have to live in fear of violence or sexual assault.

FEDERAL LABOR'S RESPONSE TO THE 2004/05 BUDGET STATEMENT - WHAT IT SAYS AND DOES FOR AUSTRALIAN WOMEN -

Australian women deserve, and expect, to be treated seriously and fairly by their Federal Government.

While this pre-election budget contains one-off payments to carers and fix-up payments to paper over continuing problems with the family payments scheme, there is very little for women who don't feature in John Howard's election campaign target group.

Women make up 52 per cent of the population and as well as contributing significantly to our economy and community, women's growing participation in the workforce has contributed to massive increase in tax revenues collected by this Government.

However women don't feature heavily in the group of people earning over $52,000 who will benefit from the Government's tax cuts. In fact, only around 10 per cent of women earn more than $52,000 leaving 90 per cent of Australian women out of reach of this Budget's tax cuts.

John Howard and Peter Costello's ninth Budget also shows that the Liberals have once again ignored women in the big ticket areas of health, education and income security for low income workers. They also show no understanding of women's legitimate desire to be safe, and free from violence in the community, or the reality of many women's working lives.

In the fine print of last year's budget papers, Labor exposed that the Government had moved more than $10m from women's programs and spent it on the anti-terrorism fridge magnet campaign.

In the bold print of this year's budget the entire Partnerships Against Domestic Violence program grinds to a halt in June 2005, with millions of dollars spent on pilot programs and research papers left going nowhere.

Despite some last minute, pre-election attention being given to work and family issues (something the Prime Minister promised to address during this term in government, not at the end of it) we still have a federal landscape where women's interests and needs are treated in a second class way.

The fact that there was no "Women's Budget Statement" provided this year by the Government, the first time for 20 years speaks volumes about the Howard government's lack of commitment to taking women seriously. The Government continues to ignore the fact that women still face a range of disadvantages in their social, economic and family lives.

In short, John Howard has double-glazed the glass ceiling for many women - for young or single women and low-income mothers struggling to lift themselves and their children above the poverty line. Women in the workforce expecting to be free from harassment, wanting some job security, and expecting equal pay also remain off the Government's radar.

In contrast to cancelling the "No Respect, No Relationship" campaign - a $12m campaign that has been in the planning for more than two years - here is what this Budget provided for Government self-promotion (you can bet it will be spent quickly!)

● $21m on an advertising campaign to promote new Family Tax

Benefit cash handouts; ● $21m for an international campaign against the ratification of the

Kyoto Protocol; ● $3m on advertising campaigns attacking State Governments.

Attached: Full document - Labor's Plan to Combat Violence Against Women and Labor's Women's Budget Statement 2004-05 (pdf format, Size - 212kb)

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Labor’s Plan to Combat

Violence Against Women

and

Labor’s Women’s Budget Statement 2004-05

Mark Latham MP

Federal Labor Leader

Nicola Roxon MP

Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on the Status of Women and Shadow Attorney-General 13 May 2004

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MESSAGE FROM MARK LATHAM AUSTRALIAN WOMEN DESERVE BETTER THAN JOHN HOWARD

Labor wants to ensure that women and girls have every chance to climb the same ladder of opportunity available to men and have their voices heard in the community. Where extra support is needed to get on that ladder or progress, for example in combining work and family responsibilities, a Labor government will

provide appropriate assistance to Australian women.

This is why Labor committed in March 2004 to a Baby Care Payment for all new eligible mums, to provide financial assistance at the time of birth. No matter if it is the first or third child, or if mum is working or not at the time of birth - Labor knows $3,000 will be great assistance1.

I am pleased that the Government has now tried to match this in their pre-election Budget package.

Labor also understands that women rely much more heavily than men on Medicare services and appreciates that if the battle to save Medicare is lost, there will be dire consequences for women’s health.

Labor knows women move in and out of education and in and out of work more often than men, and therefore Labor will fight to ensure that the costs of education do not sky rocket out of reach for young women from all different family backgrounds.

And beyond all these matters, I know that Australian women need to be safe and free from violence, in their community and in their homes, if they are to be able to fully participate in all aspects of life in our great country. In this Women’s Budget Statement Labor sets out its plan to tackle violence against women.

Labor has highlighted the issues covered, or neglected, by the Howard Government in this Budget. Labor’s approach will be different and better for Australian women.

This year’s budget leaves Australia with a new class of forgotten people - the 6 million Australian families and singles who don’t receive a single cent in either tax cuts or increased family benefits. This includes many women who don’t fit with John Howard’s ideal of a secondary income earner or a stay at home mum. Women without children and single mothers are completely ignored.

Former Labor governments have introduced initiatives to help combat the historical inequalities in women’s social and economic status. I am proud of this history and determined to continue with progressive policies for Australian women, to ensure men and women, girls and boys, can meet their full potential in our

community.

Mark Latham MP

Leader of the Labor Party

13 May 2004

1 It is expected that 9 out of 10 new mums will receive the payment, which will only cut out when the family income reaches $85,702, plus $7000 for each additional child under 18.

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LABOR’S PLAN TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Women all across the country are demanding that the Federal Government do more to protect women, and particularly young women, from the fear and reality of violence.

The Howard Government missed its opportunity of playing a major role in combating community attitudes by cancelling a national awareness campaign on violence called “No Respect, No Relationship.”

This Budget week highlights the Government’s skewed priorities - it allows for more expenditure on advertising the Government’s opposition to the Kyoto Protocol than it ever planned to spend on its cancelled violence campaign. The Government calls this a family budget, but refuses to acknowledge the incidence and tragedy of family violence, or do anything about it.

More and more women are concerned - not just for themselves, but for their daughters, sisters, friends and other people’s children. Labor will tackle the issue of violence against women. We will use our voices in the Parliament and the community to speak out about this issue, and will work with the community on prevention strategies.

Today Labor announces a number of its initiatives to tackle the scourge of family violence and sexual assault against women. In Government, Labor will: ¾ speak out about violence against women ¾ run the ”No Respect, No Relationship” anti-violence campaign in full ¾ give a voice to women affected by violence, by funding a national peak advocacy group to advocate

against all forms of violence against women ¾ conduct a national Women’s Safety Survey in 2006 (to provide a 10 year comparison) ¾ review the Sex Trafficking initiative, to include greater support to victims and more evidence-based approaches from overseas to prevent the trafficking ¾ consider ways to reform Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) services for

women and children escaping domestic violence through direct consultation with the domestic violence sector ¾ establish a National Commissioner for Children and Young People ¾ introduce a National working with children check to protect children from convicted paedophiles ¾ address law reform issues required to adequately protect women and children from family violence ¾ ensure that community safety funding will have the prevention of violence against women (in

families and the community) as one of its objectives.

Current levels of violence against women are a national disgrace, particularly in rural and remote communities, and especially in our indigenous communities. The true extent of violence against women has not been measured by this Government, allowing the problem to be swept under the carpet and ignored.

Labor will not continue this neglect, nor allow the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young women to continue to be devastated while the attitudes of many young men are left unchecked. Labor will ensure this vital issue for women is addressed.

Labor believes that unless the Federal Government takes a leadership role and meets its responsibilities to help prevent violence against women, the problem will continue to worsen and more women’s lives will be ruined or tragically lost.

A Federal Labor Government will ensure that eliminating violence against women is made a top priority and that an effective national effort will be made to educate the whole community so that women no longer have to live in fear of violence or sexual assault.

Nicola Roxon MP Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on the Status of Women Shadow Attorney-General

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FEDERAL LABOR’S RESPONSE TO THE 2004/05 BUDGET STATEMENT - WHAT IT SAYS AND DOES FOR AUSTRALIAN WOMEN -

Australian women deserve, and expect, to be treated seriously and fairly by their Federal Government.

While this pre-election budget contains one-off payments to carers and fix-up payments to paper over continuing problems with the family payments scheme, there is very little for women who don’t feature in John Howard’s election campaign target group.

Women make up 52 per cent of the population and as well as contributing significantly to our economy and community, women’s growing participation in the workforce has contributed to massive increase in tax revenues collected by this Government.

However women don’t feature heavily in the group of people earning over $52,000 who will benefit from the Government’s tax cuts. In fact, only around 10 per cent of women earn more than $52,000 leaving 90 per cent of Australian women out of reach of this Budget’s tax cuts.

John Howard and Peter Costello’s ninth Budget also shows that the Liberals have once again ignored women in the big ticket areas of health, education and income security for low income workers. They also show no understanding of women’s legitimate desire to be safe, and free from violence in the community, or the reality of many women’s working lives.

In the fine print of last year’s budget papers, Labor exposed that the Government had moved more than $10m from women’s programs and spent it on the anti-terrorism fridge magnet campaign.

In the bold print of this year’s budget the entire Partnerships Against Domestic Violence program grinds to a halt in June 2005, with millions of dollars spent on pilot programs and research papers left going nowhere.

Despite some last minute, pre-election attention being given to work and family issues (something the Prime Minister promised to address during this term in government, not at the end of it) we still have a federal landscape where women’s interests and needs are treated in a second class way.

The fact that there was no “Women’s Budget Statement” provided this year by the Government, the first time for 20 years speaks volumes about the Howard government’s lack of commitment to taking women seriously. The Government continues to ignore the fact that women still face a range of disadvantages in their social, economic and family lives.

In short, John Howard has double-glazed the glass ceiling for many women - for young or single women and low-income mothers struggling to lift themselves and their children above the poverty line. Women in the workforce expecting to be free from harassment, wanting some job security, and expecting equal pay also remain off the Government’s radar.

In contrast to cancelling the “No Respect, No Relationship” campaign - a $12m campaign that has been in the planning for more than two years - here is what this Budget provided for Government self-promotion (you can bet it will be spent quickly!)

- $21m on an advertising campaign to promote new Family Tax Benefit cash handouts - $21m for an international campaign against the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol - $3m on advertising campaigns attacking State Governments.

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HOWARD AND COSTELLO’S 2004-05 FEDERAL BUDGET A PLAN FOR THE ELECTION, NOT A PLAN FOR OUR FUTURE

This year’s Budget offers nothing new to address key problems facing Australia and Australian families.

For our health there is: ™ no plan to adequately fund our public hospitals ™ no plan to save Medicare bulk-billing ™ no plan to relieve the 500,000 Australians waiting for dental care ™ no plan to tackle child obesity and encourage children to exercise ™ no plan to address the urgent needs in mental health

For our education and training there is: ™ no plan for early childhood development, including encouraging parents to read to their children ™ no plan to fund our schools - public and private - on the basis of need ™ no plan to provide additional funding for public education ™ no plan to address the shortage of university and TAFE places and areas of skill shortage ™ no plan to keep higher education affordable ™ no plan to help more young Australians move from school to work

For our families and communities there is: ™ no plan to help families get the work-based flexibility they need to balance work and family ™ no plan to help working mothers return to part-time work ™ no plan to mentor young people in our schools and communities

For our environment there is: ™ no plan to tackle climate change by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol and establishing a carbon trading scheme ™ no plan to provide the 1,500 GL of environmental flows the whole of the Murray River needs to survive ™ no plan to protect our coastal areas from inappropriate development and environmental degradation

For our retirement there is: ™ no plan to lift the retirement incomes of all working Australians ™ no plan to cut the taxes on superannuation contributions for all Australian workers ™ no plan to reduce high fees and charges on our superannuation accounts ™ no plan to make our superannuation both safer and simpler

For our small businesses, many of them run by women, there is: ™ no comprehensive plan to simplify the BAS ™ no plan to provide fairer competition laws

For our national security there is; ™ no plan to coordinate domestic security through a Department of Homeland Security ™ no plan to protect our borders with an Australian Coastguard ™ no plan to providing baggage and personal screening at major regional airports ™ no plan for a photo identification card for foreign workers

This is clearly a budget with an election in mind, but no plan in sight.

The following sections outline what Labor sees as the key priorities, the Government’s record, and our commitments to Australian women.

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1 - PROTECTION FROM VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION

Fact: ™ family violence is responsible for nearly 40 per cent of all homicides in this country ™ indigenous women are 6 times more likely to be a victim of family violence, 5 times more likely to be a victim of assault, 3 times more likely to be victims of sexual assault, and twice as likely to be a victim of

murder than non-indigenous people ™ the rate of sexual assault has risen over the past 5 years, with more than 14,000 reported sexual assaults in 2002 ™ despite more than 63,000 reported assaults on women in 2002, it is estimated that 80-90 per cent of

domestic violence goes unreported ™ children witness the violence in nearly 50 per cent of cases ™ despite sexual harassment being unlawful for 20 years, nearly 1 in 3 women reported sexual harassment

in the workplace in 2003 (HREOC survey)

Government Record • In 2002 Howard removed $10 million from women’s programs to pay for the Government’s fridge magnet campaign • In 2003 Howard cancelled the “No Respect, No Relationship” anti-violence campaign, despite

international recognition of the quality of the campaign and positive research of its impact • Interminably slow progress on Indigenous Family Violence initiatives despite evidence of violence in Indigenous communities being of epidemic proportions • Sex trafficking package fails to result in any convictions, and Government refuses to involve key non-

government organisations in providing support to victims of trafficking • $50m spent on Partnerships Against Domestic Violence initiatives and pilots, but there is no ongoing spending for domestic violence after next year • Refused to sign the optional protocol on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against

Women (CEDAW) • Refusal to implement national standards for protecting children from abuse

Election $ - A mere $1.6m in 04/05 to top up the money wasted by producing and then cancelling the original anti-violence campaign is nothing to get excited about - will the campaign ever see the light of day? - new money for Indigenous Family Violence initiatives welcome, but will be implemented alongside the government’s

destruction of community-controlled Aboriginal Legal Services

Labor’s Commitments Labor will: ¾ speak out about violence against women ¾ run the ”No Respect, No Relationship” anti-violence campaign in full ¾ give a voice to women affected by violence, by funding a national peak advocacy group to advocate

against all forms of violence against women ¾ conduct a national Women’s Safety Survey in 2006 (to provide a 10 year comparison) ¾ review the Sex Trafficking initiative, to include greater support to victims and more evidence-based approaches from overseas to prevent the trafficking ¾ consider ways to reform Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) services for

women and children escaping domestic violence through direct consultation with the domestic violence sector ¾ establish a National Commissioner for Children and Young People ¾ introduce a National working with children check to protect children from convicted paedophiles ¾ address law reform issues required to adequately protect women and children from family violence ¾ ensure that community safety funding will have the prevention of violence against women (in

families and the community) as one of its objectives.

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2 - WORK AND FAMILY BALANCE

Facts About Women Balancing Work and Family • A third of mothers are in paid work when their youngest child is less than 12 months old • The majority of mothers (51.3 per cent) are in paid work by the time their youngest child is two • 70 per cent of mothers are in paid work by the time their child has turned 3 • child care place shortages for children under 5, and particularly for babies, are acute • Only 38 per cent of working women have access to paid maternity leave and few Australian women

receive the 14 weeks recommended by the World Health Organisations • Four out of ten mothers with dependent children who are not currently in the workforce would like to work part-time. • Nearly half of all women work overtime and 61.2% of women who are working long hours would like

fewer hours • The birth rate fell from 3.5 babies per woman in the early 1960s to just 1.75 in 2002

Government Record • Eight year delay in addressing work and family issues • 17 month delay acting on Cabinet report revealing that Howard Government policies are making life tough for working families

• Since June 2002, the Government has known about child care shortages of 47,800 in Outside School Hours Care, 46300 in Long Day Care, and 37,600 in Occasional Care. Despite this they have waited nearly 2 years before delivering on any of these places. • The Baby Bonus has been a policy disaster - it fails to deliver a cent to one in three new mothers and the

vast majority receive less than $500

Election $ - Labor welcomes the Howard Government's belated adoption of Labor's Baby Care Payment. - New places for Outside School Hours Care are long overdue, but not matched by any extra support for children 0-5 years, where massive demand exists

- The Treasurer’s call on young women to “go forth and multiply” is not matched by any relief on their HECS debt or any real workplace reforms to make it easier for them to meet work and family commitments

Labor’s Commitments Labor will: • Fund a new $2.2 billion Baby Care Payment available to all eligible new mothers, whether in the workforce or at home, that gives nine out of ten new mothers a payment of $3000, rising to $5,380 by

2010

• The Baby Care Payment delivers paid maternity leave to all working mothers, and also extends the right to a maternity income to women who aren't in paid work. This will pay every eligible Australian woman who works an income for at least 14 weeks while they take maternity leave. The payment is tied to the minimum wage and will be increased to 100 per cent of the minimum wage after tax by 2010 - that means that mothers will get $5,380 or $768 a fortnight.

• Encourage employers and employees to sit down and negotiate working arrangements, which include the consideration of family responsibilities and give more parents the option to request part-time work; • Ensure that work and family needs are given greater priority through the Australian Industrial Relations Commission • Give women greater flexibility to return to work part time after having children • Develop a long-term, strategic national plan for investing in the early years, including child care services.

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3 - HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fact ™ Women use Medicare services 50% more than men over their lifetime and 100% more than men during their childbearing years. ™ Women take their children along to the doctor for 22 million Medicare services each year ™ Life expectancy for indigenous women is now 62.8 years, lower than in 1996 ™ Women rely on Medicare for their sexual health, pregnancies, and children’s wellbeing, as well as their

general health care needs. ™ Twice as many low birth-weight babies are born to indigenous mothers ™ Young women in rural areas face the greatest shortages in access to GPs, obstetric and gynaecological services

Government Record • The Howard Government’s Medicare changes can mean only one thing - Australian women and their families will pay more for a visit to the doctor. The average out-of-pocket cost is now $13.57 for each doctors visit.

• Dropping bulk billing rates will result in greater upfront fees for women, and will put greater pressure on access to Medicare services • The Howard Government has abandoned any commitment to the universality of Medicare and introduced a so-called safety net. This safety net is flawed, with a two-tiered threshold that requires some

Australians to spend $300 before they become eligible and others to pay $700 out-of-pocket. • Early detection of cancer greatly improves the survival rate, and many of the checks and tests for early detection of breast cancer and cervical cancer have been covered by bulk billing. There is no doubt that some of these early checks for cancer will now not be undertaken, having an untold negative effect on

women, their families and the health system. • Women in rural areas are finding it increasingly difficult to find a GP, let alone one who bulk bills or who can provide emergency services • Half a million Australians remain on waiting lists to get access to a dentist. • Despite over 10,000 women being diagnosed with breast cancer each year, the Government has refused

Labor’s call to provide breast prostheses free of charge to women in public hospitals

Election $ - There is nothing in this budget to address any of the above problems in the Health Portfolio. - The pneumococcal vaccine, dental services, and health reform remain completely ignored.

Labor’s Commitments Labor will ¾ lift the national rate of bulk billing from 67 to 80 per cent, giving more affordable access to doctors to more women

¾ increase the Medicare rebate by an average of $5 for every bulk billed consultation, no matter who you are or where you live ¾ introduce 100 Medicare Teams for health hotspots, including rural areas where bulkbilling is in freefall and ease pressures on local hospital emergency wards ¾ fund Medicare teams to provide 100% bulk billed services to the communities where they are located,

women in these communities will be major users of these services ¾ invest $300m in Dental Care over four years to provide up to 1.3m more dental procedures. ¾ introduce a National Health Reform Commission to drive the implementation of long-term fundamental reform of Australia’s health system.

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4 - ECONOMIC SECURITY AND INDEPENDENCE

Facts about Women in the Workforce ™ 52.6 per cent of women over 15 are in employment, representing 44 per cent of the total workforce ™ 34 per cent of all working women are in jobs without leave entitlements, including 62 per cent of the almost one million part time female workers.

™ 27 per cent of women aged 25-54, the key child-bearing years, are in casual jobs

Government Record - Employment • The gap between men and women’s total average wage has grown from $229.10 per week in 1996 to a massive $311.80 per week less than men. • Women’s total wages are 65 per cent of male total earnings • Full-time casual employment has grown 40 per cent since 1996 • That’s nearly 1.2 million women in Australia today who have no access to paid leave to look after their

families, no guarantee of continuing work and find it almost impossible to get a loan for a home or a car.

Election $ - This remains the highest taxing government in history, with the average taxpayer already paying $9,000 more Commonwealth tax every year under Howard and the Budget papers forecast this will rise to $12,000 in 3 years - Secondary earners in dual income families attempting to move from welfare to work will see their effective marginal

tax rate increase from 87% to 93% due to the stacking of FTB-B and Partnered Parenting Payment tapers.

Labor’s commitments - Employment Labor will • Encourage more secure employment and give casual workers who have been with their employer a set period in each industry the ability to request permanent status

• Protect women’s ability to be represented in collective bargaining negotiations • Abolish divisive individual workplace agreements, which can be used to impose less family friendly work arrangements on employees. • Fix the Job Network, to deliver improved employment services to jobseekers.

Government Record - Education • Howard’s schools’ funding system means there have been massive funding increases to the richest schools and no increases above indexation in funding for the majority of public, catholic and independent schools.

• Since 1996 Howard Government has slashed $5 billion from universities and HECS fees have nearly doubled. Howard is letting universities hike them up by another 25 per cent • Australia needs thousands of additional nurses and but under Howard, in 2004 4,000 aspiring nursing students and 7,000 aspiring teaching students were turned away because there weren’t enough places • There are not enough TAFE places which are vital to the re-skilling and lifelong learning of women at

different periods of their lives - around 20,000 women are turned away from TAFE each year.

Election $ - No new funding for 2.25 million children in government schools, no new University places, no new TAFE place - The average HECS fee will increase by up to 140 per cent, and 20% interest slugged on student loans

Labor’s Commitments - Education Labor will: • Fund all schools on the basis of need so that the vast majority of government, Catholic and independent schools are better off - benefiting the schools that most girls attend

• Ιmplement a plan to assist struggling schools which will give schools in battling communities the funds to attract and retain the best teachers and help teachers and students benefit from good school discipline • Reverse the Howard’s 25 per cent HECS hikes, and abolish $100,000 degrees • Create 20,000 new university places and 20,000 new TAFE places each year • Create over 3,000 new nursing places and over 4,600 new teaching places

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LABOR - A BETTER ALTERNATIVE FOR AUSTRALIAN WOMEN

Labor believes Australia should be a country where:

¾ all women have economic security and independence; ¾ all women are safe, free from violence and able to get the health care they need; ¾ both the paid and unpaid work of women is recognised and valued; ¾ there is support for a diverse range of work and family choices made

by women and their families; and where ¾ all women are acknowledged and treated as equal and are listened to, supported and encouraged to participate fully in the community.

This publication was produced by Nicola Roxon MP Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Minister for the Status of Women

With thanks to the Leader of the Opposition and Federal Labor’s Shadow Ministry.

Contact Details: 204 Nicholson Street, Footscray VIC 3011 www.nicolaroxonmp.com Email: Nicola@nicolaroxonmp.com

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