Reflections on the Victorian Budget

CSMCState Politics

The budget released on 3 May demonstrates why Victoria is the place to be living in Australia right now. The Andrews Government has put money behind their rhetoric, backing their equity agenda with some truly landmark investments. The $1.9 billion to fund services for people who have experienced, or are experiencing family violence is a standout that  will fund such initiatives as a dedicated prevention agency, front line services, emergency and long term housing, financial counselling, 17 support and safety hubs across the State and 5 specialist family violence courts. This is a momentous investment and an acknowledgement of the scale … Read More

2016 State Budget

CSMCState Politics

CSMC embraces the progressive budget handed down by the Andrews Labor Government last week. We gratefully acknowledge the governments commitment to addressing family violence, and supporting low income families. In brief, this budget will see: $148.3 million committed to the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, which will help over 200,000 disadvantaged students receive these expensive but essential parts of an education. The expansion of a free uniform, shoes and books program run by State Schools’ Relief, so it can assist more than twice as many students every year. $81.3 million to support the work of the Royal Commission, and to … Read More

Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan

CSMCFederal Politics, Housing affordability, State Politics

 Image courtesy of image catalog flickr cc Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia; Bill Randolph, UNSW Australia; Judith Yates, University of Sydney; Michael Darcy, University of Western Sydney; Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney; Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney, and Vivienne Milligan, UNSW Australia The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. The extraordinary recent debate has laid bare both the depth of public concern and the vacuum of coherent policy to promote housing affordability. The community is clamouring for leadership and change. Especially as it affects our major cities, housing unaffordability is not just a problem for those … Read More

His Name is Man

CSMCFederal Politics, Men's violence against women, State Politics

By Tenar Dwyer and Kerry Davies   Three days before Man Haron Monis walked into the Lindt café in Martin Place and took 17 people hostage his conviction for using the Australian postal service to send threatening letters to war widows had been upheld in the high court. A violent predator with a history of misogynistic abuse of women, Monis was also out on bail for charges relating to his involvement with the brutal murder and immolation of his ex wife, as well as more than 50 counts of indecent assault stemming from his time as a self-styled spiritual healer. … Read More

Single Mothers and the 2014 Victorian State Election

CSMCCSMC, State Politics

By Tenar Dwyer   With the Victorian state election just days away we are still waiting to hear back from both the Liberal and Labor parties on where they stand on issues affecting single mothers. CSMC has made numerous attempts at contacting members of both parties but getting a response has proved almost impossible. Last week we wrote again, this time to both leaders asking to meet, but getting a face to face meeting this close to the election will be a pretty tall order. Danielle Green, Shadow Minister for Women and Member for Yan Yean, did come to visit … Read More

2014 Victorian state election: where do the major parties stand on issues affecting women parenting alone?

CSMCState Politics

The 2014 Victorian state election is bearing down on us and considering the current national political climate the outcome is likely to be close. Federally, with the LNP claiming victory in 2013, we saw an immediate, hard shift to the political right and a steady march toward policies and tough budget measures calculated to drive vulnerable Australians, including women (and particularly women parenting alone), deeper into hardship and poverty. With this in mind, it becomes even more important for single mother families to know where our state politicians stand on issues affecting the women and children of Victoria. To help us identify … Read More