There are parts to our electoral system that are open for manipulation and exploitation. At the last Victorian state we saw claims made that make it clear that the Legislative council election can be manipulated in ways that undermine the public interest and the common good. Add your voice to calls for reforming the Victorian electoral system.
Leaked documents have shown that Uber set itself up illegally in many places and then lobbied to get laws changed to accept its presence. It played groups of workers off against each other, undermining pay and conditions for workers in the taxi industry, replacing them with low-paid workers operating on their platform under the pretence that workers are contractors and not employees. Help us take a stand against Uber’s practices and uphold worker and human rights.
Police have a difficult job. However, where police misbehave or misuse their powers, there is a need to hold the officers in question to account. First Peoples communities in Victoria too often experience cases of alleged police misconduct or excessive use of force. Help ensure the right mechanisms are in place to keep police accountable.
The Fair Work Commission is currently reviewing the need for paid leave terms in modern awards for workers experiencing family and domestic violence. Currently, there is a lack of access for all employees to sufficient paid domestic and family violence leave. Write to advocate that women and men in the paid workforce need to access paid family and domestic violence leave, to be used at vulnerable times to find and move to safe accommodation, access legal assistance, and attend court hearings.
Help raise concern at the increase in alcohol-fuelled harm in the Victorian community. There is a strong association between the provision of alcohol people have delivered to their homes and the level of family violence in an area. The Victorian Government has introduced the Liquor Control Reform Amendment Bill 2021 into Parliament. The number of liquor licences in Victoria has increased six-fold over the past 35 years, and continues to rise at a rate outstripping population growth.
Letters are urgently needed to be sent to the relevant Victorian Ministers urging that they listen to the advice of public health experts when it comes to effectual warning labels to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FADS).
In March 2021, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs presented their 425-page report following their investigation into family, domestic and sexual violence. The Committee made 88 recommendations. Help us advocate for a whole of society response to address domestic and sexual violence.
As technology has developed, it has improved our ability to share information and be more connected. This has created many positive outcomes in our lives but has its negative side. Technology has provided new tools to those that seek to do harm to others, including those who engage in child sexual abuse. Take action to prevent child sexual abuse in the online world.