• 02 Dec 2018 8:29 AM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Please read this. Do you know that 45% of single women over 45 are earning the minimum wage or less and all of these are either already homeless or at risk of homelessness because the minimum wage is no longer able to pay the lowest rentals? 330,000 Australian women fall into this category; they are mostly perfectly ordinary white collar workers or pensioners. This is a compelling and well-informed analysis from Christine Kent, a recently retired and now homeless mature age woman who has, like so many other retired professional women, little to no prospect of obtaining public or community housing, or being able to afford market price rentals.  This must change, and it is an urgent priority. 

  • 24 Nov 2018 12:47 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Gender inequality increases when children are present. New Australian mothers report twice as much pressure on their time as new fathers following the birth of their first child. This pressure only doubles after the birth of the second child, further widening the gap between heterosexual parents. University of Melbourne academic Dr Leah Ruppanner has researched what's needed: universally accessible high-quality low-cost childcare; flexible work for employees; and  school and work schedules that recognise working parents and allow for school holiday care.

  • 13 Nov 2018 10:43 AM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    In 1984, the Australian federal government introduced the world's first women's budget statement, recognising that budget measures impact men and women differently, but ceased the practice in 2014. Since 1984, almost half of OECD countries have introduced gender responsive budgeting or are in the process of doing so. The ALP is promising to reinstate the women's budget statement if elected.  Here, Professors Marian Sawer and Miranda Stewart outline the conceptual and policy innovation represented by gender budgeting, its Australian origins and the global impact of the practice. BPW recognises we need to lobby for women's budget statements at state and federal levels.

  • 29 Oct 2018 1:05 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Early childhood is a key developmental period when children begin to learn about gender. A group of researchers from RMIT suggest practical ways that parents can raise their children to respect gender equality.

  • 21 Oct 2018 5:10 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    KPMG has produced an analysis of the impact of returning to work or increasing hours  can have on professionally qualified working mums. They can lose almost $30 a day in tax, lost payments and out-of-pocket childcare expenses if they increase from 3 to 4 working days  per week, and almost $80 a day if they move from 4 to 5 days of work per week. These are just some of the punishing disincentives confronting working mothers up and down the pay scale. KPMG’s study finds Workforce Disincentive Rates of between 75% and 120% are commonplace for mothers seeking to increase their days of work beyond 3 per week.

    In their review of the KPMG report, the ABC asks: would you increase your working days from three to four to earn just $2.50 an hour.

  • 13 Oct 2018 1:26 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    BPW Clubs looking to make a difference in the lives of women by advocating directly to parliamentarians will find this gender advocacy tool kit helpful. The advice and information you’ll find here is drawn from the wisdom and experiences of parliamentarians and advocates. This collection of practical tips and policy building advice compiled by University of Canberra PhD student Joanna Richards will help you shape policy for the better. http://apo.org.au/node/193521

  • 12 Oct 2018 12:24 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    In March 2018, the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced a process to establish a National Women's Health Strategy for 2020-2030. Building on the vision and objectives of the National Women's Health Policy 2010, the Strategy will set the strategic direction for substantial improvements in the health of women and girls in Australia over the next ten years. The consultation will close on 5 November 2018. The draft Strategy is now available online for public consultation at:

  • 07 Oct 2018 1:42 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Speaking at a Women’s Weekly forum in September, Julie Bishop directly linked Australia’s low world ranking in female political representation to her party. She said: It’s not acceptable for our party to contribute to the fall in Australia’s ratings from 15th in the world in terms of female parliamentary representation in 1999 to 50th today.  The Conversation compares the Labor and Liberal strategies and the value of quotas.

    Broad Agenda takes a different approach and advises that it is time to review our system of representation with single member electorates and introduced Mixed Member Proportional Representation to address the lack of women in Parliament.  What do you think?

  • 30 Sep 2018 10:45 AM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    The Melbourne Press Club  has entered Patience Thoms into their Hall of Fame.  She has been listed on the Australian Women's Register for many years.

    A highly competent journalist, Patience Thoms served as President of BPW Australia (1960-1964) and International President (1968-1971). She travelled widely in these roles, and wrote a history The First 25 Years of BPW Australia, in which she identified the diversity of challenges for women in post-war Australian society from securing equal education to the injustices of superannuation schemes. Her entry in the Hall of Fame recognises that Patience Thoms redefined coverage of women’s issues in Queensland’s leading newspaper and gave women a voice in the newsroom.

  • 23 Sep 2018 9:31 AM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

    Libertarian thinktank CIS has produced a snapshot report that concludes childcare continues to become less affordable for working families.  Women's Agenda concurs, claiming that the regulation of childcare has focused on promoting early childhood education and highly contestable measures of quality in childcare, at the expense of affordability and accessibility. More of us are using formal childcare in order to participate in the workforce, yet Government policies on childcare are working at cross-purposes, on one hand reducing childcare costs through price subsidies while on the other hand driving up costs through a complex National Quality Framework that has cemented childcare as a high-cost and inflexible service.   Governments at all levels must decide if the primary policy objective of supporting childcare is female workforce participation or the early education of children.

    Alys Gagnon, Executive Director of The Parenthood argues policy that makes for worse early childhood education is reprehensible at best, asserting that we must always push for policy settings that place the needs of children at the heart of early learning and care.

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