/ 07 April 2021

Women’s safety on the agenda

Newly-minted Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston will today meet with her state counterparts to forge a new national plan to end violence against women. Experts say services have never been in higher demand, and with the current 3-year plan due to end next year, expectations are high. Ruston has remained tight-lipped about funding ahead of May’s Federal Budget but says it will be “much more ambitious about addressing the problem and actually preventing it”. There’s a flurry of activity on this front this week with PM Morrison yesterday co-chairing the first meeting of the Cabinet’s taskforce to improve women’s equality, safety, economic security, health and wellbeing that was set up last week. The government is also expected to deliver its long-awaited response to a landmark report on harassment at work in the coming days. It comes after weeks of revelations about a culture of harassment and abuse of women in politics and beyond.

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