Social Equality

Social Equality is a key Australian value; the fair go. In order to ensure equality for all Australians, Australian Progressives will:

Gender Equality

  • The Australian Progressives will advocate for fairness across genders wherever there are systemic discriminatory practices; including equal pay, parental leave, childcare and parental custody.

  • The Australian Progressives support the elevation of the gender affairs portfolio to the Federal Cabinet.

  • The Australian Progressives endorse the UN target of at least 30% female executive representation.

  • The Australian Progressives support 50% gender quotas for corporate Australian boards and similar decision-making bodies, including superannuation boards and University Councils.

  • The Australian Progressives support paid leave up to 10 working days for all employees affected by, or victims of domestic abuse.

  • The Australian Progressives support the expansion of annual grant allocation to domestic violence support services.

  • The Australian Progressives support additional subsidies for apprentices and trainees in trade areas traditionally dominated by a single gender to improve workplace gender equality.
  • The Australian Progressives support all the recommendations to increase funding and services as outlined in the final report from the Victorian Royal Commission into Domestic Violence.

  • The Australian Progressives will enact programmes to address gender gaps in industry, and address gender based pay gaps.

  • The Australian Progressives will advocate for more balanced roles in child-raising and other caring roles.
  • The Australian Progressives will amend legislation where traditional gender definitions might be discriminatory.

  • The Australian Progressives will legislate to allow for changes to allow for gender identity corrections on birth certificates and other official records

  • The Australian Progressives commit to government funding of one year of paid parental leave.

  • The Australian Progressives are committed to the protection of bodily autonomy and fertility rights.

  • The Australian Progressives are committed to an emergency response to the Domestic Violence crisis.

Protect Equality

  • The Australian Progressives will defend Australia’s culture of egalitarianism by ensuring legal rights and opportunities are protected and applied equally to all Australians regardless of race, sex, gender, religious, political, or cultural affiliation.

  • The Australian Progressives will remove religious exemptions for gender or sexuality-based discrimination from the anti-discrimination or equal opportunity laws.

  • The Australian Progressives support Sections 18C + 18D of the Federal Racial Discrimination Act.

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