Equality and Respect

Everyone deserves respect and a fair go, no matter their background.

Kylea has committed to working towards:

  • Greater support for families, with equal rights for parents to access paid parental leave and universal access to early childhood education and care.
  • All 55 of the recommendations from the Respect@work Report into sexual harassment to be fully implemented.
  • Developing programs to prevent violence and discrimination against women, including specific measures to reduce the gender pay gap and improve superannuation outcomes for women in Australia.

So far, North Sydney has:

  • Co-hosted a panel on Women’s Economic Security, Safety and Certainty.
  • Successfully advocated to lift the age of children supported under the Parenting Payment (Single) from 8 to 14 helping 57,000 families
  • Co-hosted Women’s Safety Roundtable: The role of the law, the economy and the government
  • Served on the Parliamentary Joint Committee for Human Rights, kick-starting an inquiry into Australia’s Human Rights Framework.
  • Spoke against the Government’s redesignation of Nauru as a refugee processing centre and seconded Andrew Wilkie’s bill to end indefinite detention
  • Advocated against the inhumanity of the current regime in Iran.
  • Assisted with over 100 personal immigration cases.

Next steps:

  • Continued work with the Parliamentary Joint Committee for Human Rights.
  • Preliminary work into a proposed Royal Commission into Australia’s Immigration Detention Policies.


It's time for a National Human Rights Act

House of Representatives, 30 May 2024

Interview with ABC Radio about National Human Rights Act

Melbourne Drive, 30 May 2024

Kylea speaks with ABC Radio's Ali Moore about how a National Human Rights Act would work with existing state-based legislation and religious freedom in Australia.

Listen to the interview here (Kylea is featured two-thirds the way through the recording).

Report backs call for federal human rights act

Canberra Times, 30 May 2024

Australia is one of the only democratic nations without an enshrined bill of rights or human rights act. Kylea, who serves on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, has called for change. "This is not a time for cheap politicking... [or] to drive division," she says.

Read the article here.

Federal Human Rights Act could help prevent policy failures like robodebt, parliamentary inquiry says

The Guardian, 30 May 2024

A parliamentary inquiry has called for Australia to adopt its first ever federal Human Rights Act. Public policy disasters including robodebt and neglect in the aged care sector “may not even have happened if we had a Human Rights Act providing protections for Australians”, Kylea says.

Read the article here.

It’s time Australia had its own Human Rights Act

Media release, 30 May 2024

Kylea has welcomed the release of a new report from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, which calls for the establishment of a national Human Rights Act to lay the foundations for a fairer, more sustainable, and more inclusive society, and ensure the rights of all Australians are adequately protected.

Read her statement here.

Domestic and family violence

House of Representatives, 16 May 2024


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