Submission in Response to the Productivity Commission Draft Inquiry Report on Paid Parental Leave  Click here to download Submission

Letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs requesting the Australian Government to note and support both the critique by the Fijian Association of Women Graduates of the proposed People’s Charter and their call for a return to free and fair parliamentary elections in Fiji. Copy to Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. (September 2008)  Click here to download letter

Submission on need to provide for after-hours and vacation childcare. This response to the Senate Inquiry into Women’s Participation in the Workforce was jointly prepared for Security 4 Women by the National Foundation for Australian Women and AFUW (August 2008)  Click here to download Submission

Submission to the Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act. AFUW was a signatory to the submission jointly prepared by the WomenSpeak and Security 4 Women Secretariats (August 2008)
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Email message to the Minister for Superannuation in support of his suggestion that the tax on superannuation contributions should be waived for women in order to bring their retirement incomes more into line with those of men. Message is not available.

Submission and Supplementary Submission to the Bradley Review of Higher Education (July 2008).  The Submission makes 31 recommendations relating to the characteristics of a university, funding, staffing, staff student ratios, research and teaching, access for low SES and Indigenous studentsand financial support for students. The Supplementary Submission provides additional material based on consultation with Aboriginal community members. Click here to download the submissions: AFUW Submission    Additional AFUW Submission

Letter to Foreign Minister urging acceptance of the report recommending withdrawal of the regulation prohibiting the use of AusAid funds in family planning programmes that include abortion in their advice on birth control (July 2008). Click here to download letter

Letter (with AFUW as a signatory) from NGO members of the Office for Women’s Secretariats to the International Security and Human Rights Branch of the Attorney-General’s Department urging that Australia accede to the Optional Protocol to CEDAW (June 2008)  Click here to download letter

Letter to Minister for Immigration re abolition of temporary protection visas and need to deal with longterm immigration detainees (May 2008).  Click here to download letter.

Letter to the Minister for the Status of Women re an Equity Problem for Postdoctoral Fellows and Maternity Leave (May 2008). Similar letters were sent to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion; the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Sexual Discrimination Commissioner (HREOC); the Chair of Universities Australia and the Executive Officers of the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.  Click here to download letter

Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Improved Support for Parents with Newborn Children (Paid Maternity Leave), April 2008.  The submission argues for a universal, government-funded system of paid maternity leave for all women in the workforce.  Click here to download Submission.

Letter to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Education, Workplace Relations and Social Inclusion urging continuation of funding for the Working Women’s Centres (May 2008)  Click here to download letter

Submission to Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission on issues of economic independence for women, work and family balance across the life cycle and freedom from discrimination, harassment and violence (March 2008).  Click here to download the Submission

Submission to the Treasurer, Wayne Swann, re education funding in the 2008 budget, especially the need for increased funding across the sector, measures to restrain the rising cost of education and to alleviate student poverty, equitable access to quality education and continuing gender issues in employment in the universities (January 2008).  Click here to download the Submission

Letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs re withdrawal of Guidelines preventing use of AusAid money in developing countries for disseminating information about certain types of birth control and abortion. Copies to the Prime Minister, Minister for the Status of Women, and Member for Moore. (January 2008).  Click here to download letter


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