FOR A FIRST NATIONS VOICE TO PARLIAMENT
GPV/GPA urged all politicians to support the ‘yes’ vote in the recent referendum on The Voice to Parliament.
GPV/KCV believes that violence against children is never appropriate, even in the context of discipline. It can do long-term damage to their physical and emotional health, and may perpetuate a continuing cycle of of corporal punishment in future generations.
RAISE MINIMUM AGE FOR CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY
Children across Australia should be in schools and playgrounds, not prison cells. As the ACT Government has shown leadership every other state and territory government must follow suit and change their laws so that children are no longer hauled before courts and locked away in jails.
BETTER SUPPORT FOR REUNIFICATION & CONTACT OF CHILDREN WITH PARENTS
Under COVID-19 restrictions, court-ordered contact between children and their families was suspended in almost all cases without consultation with the Court. The Court has adjourned most cases and is only hearing urgent applications, where contact for children with their family and friends is an urgent matter.
IMPLEMENT EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
GPV/KCV supports the ‘Every Child’ national campaign aimed at promoting the wellbeing of children and young people by calling on governments to establish a National Child Development Fund and to adopt national wellbeing indicators and targets for child health, education, justice and wellbeing.
AGAINST FAST-TRACKING CHILDREN FOR ADOPTION
In August, the GPV/KCV Board wrote to all federal members of parliament to outline concerns with the approach to adoption being taken in NSW. Of particular concern was the move to advertise children for adoption on a website.
IMPROVE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
GPV/KCV notes that the inadequate provision of health care services is becoming increasingly problematic.
Since its establishment in Victoria in the 1980s, many families have benefited from the support offered by the Court Network (CN).
ADEQUATE INCOME SUPPORT FOR JOBSEEKERS
GPV believes that everyone has the right to a life free from poverty. We are concerned about the inadequacy of the Jobseeker (formerly Newstart) Payment and how this inadequacy affects many informal kinship carers.
DELIVER PROGRAMS THAT IMPROVE CHILDREN'S PLAY
The central driver of this campaign was the fact that in 2013 the United Nations nominated children’s play as an issue of international significance by making Article 31 (A Child’s Right to Play) of the convention the subject of a UN General Comment, which is a call to action issued to countries by the UN.
In 2017, GPV/KCV supported those who were campaigning for marriage equality, encouraging people to vote ‘yes’ in the Australian Government’s postal plebiscite.
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF
GPV/KCV is driven by a desire to see improvements in the aged care sector across the nation.
MORE FLEXIBLE WORKING HOURS FOR FAMILIES
GPV/KCV believes it is necessary to strike a balance between working life and family responsibilities. This is particularly important for those who are caring for young children and children with special needs.
From 2010 to 2019 six election campaigns were conducted, with logs of claims issued to candidates from major parties in either the Australian or Victorian elections across campaigns.
GPV/KCV believes that all children have the right to be safe, healthy and happy. Female genital mutilation is contrary to that right. This campaign is designed to support the work of a range of agencies working to abolish genital mutilation.