During that period, she found that Mr Albanese said “women’s safety” and “gender equality” once each, while Mr Morrison didn’t say either term at all.
First Nations women, those with a disability, from migrant and refugee backgrounds, experiencing financial hardship, and members of the LGBTIQ+ community are disproportionately impacted by sexual, domestic, and family violence.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data from last June, the number of police-recorded victims of family and domestic violence-related sexual assault increased by 13 per cent in 2020.
‘Voters want to know where their candidates stand’
She said Fair Agenda worked with women’s safety experts to outline key areas and specific actions that are needed to progress towards ending gender-based violence.
As of 18 May, over 400 candidates had responded to the pledge, with over 230 candidates taking it in full.
How the Coalition plans to address women’s safety
The government has committed to two, five-year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action plans that will be the primary mechanism for implementing Target 13 of Closing the Gap. This target sets out reducing the rate of all forms of family violence and abuse against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children by at least by 50 per cent, as progress towards zero, by 2031.
As part of its latest $1.3 billion women’s safety package in the 2022-23 budget, the government pledged almost $223 million in prevention, including over $100 million to increase the capacity of national primary prevention organisation Our Watch, and more than $78 million for a national consent campaign, and an extension of the ‘Stop it at the Start’ campaign targeting disrespectful behaviours and attitudes.
How the major parties compare on issues relating to women’s safety. Source: SBS
When it comes to responding to online and social media abuse, the government is pledging extra support for the eSafety Commissioner, including almost $17 million towards a new phone service to provide support for women and children experiencing technology-facilitated abuse.
“The Coalition’s party response did not provide a commitment to any of the specific actions put forward for future action; instead providing a statement focused on commitments made during the last parliament,” it said.
How Labor plans to address women’s safety
It’s part of the party’s $153 million women’s safety policy, which would also fund 500 new community sector workers to help women in crisis. Half of the new workers would be in rural and regional areas.
A Labor government would also commit to legislating 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave.
Fair Agenda said Labor provided a full, party-wide commitment to all but a few of the actions called for in its pledge.
What about the Greens and independents?
The Men’s Referral Service provides advice for men on domestic violence and can be contacted on 1300 766 491.