The Parenthood, Australia’s leading parent advocacy group, has welcomed the National Summit on Women’s Safety program launch.
Executive Director Georgie Dent said this was a positive signal from the Federal Government.
“Australian parents, especially mothers, are pleased to see more details about the women’s safety summit released,” Ms Dent said.
“However, we need further clarity about how and when matters related to women’s economic security will be addressed by the National Cabinet.
“Women’s safety and their economic security go hand-in-hand. A woman can only leave a violent domestic situation if she has the financial means to do so.
“It is imperative that the Federal Government and the National Cabinet chart a path forward on early childhood education reform, expand Australia’s paid parental leave scheme and address the low pay and conditions of feminised workforces like early education and care, disability care and aged care.
“In April of this year, in response to the backlash against the treatment of women in and outside Parliament, the Prime Minister advised the Australian public that women’s economic security would be the primary focus of the National Cabinet meeting on 9 July.
“That date has been and gone with no further detail.
“But, Australian women still need to know, when will the National Cabinet address these issues?”