QUEEN VIC CENTRE SET FOR MILLION DOLLAR MAKE-OVER AS WOMEN GET MORE SUPPORT UNDER LABOR

QUEEN VIC CENTRE SET FOR MILLION DOLLAR MAKE-OVER AS WOMEN GET MORE SUPPORT UNDER LABOR

Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

A future Labor Government will invest $1 million to upgrade Queen Victoria Women’s Centre in Melbourne as part of a $7.1 million women’s policy package unveiled today.

Visiting the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre today, Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand said Victorian women would continue to get the support and recognition they deserve under a future Labor Government.

“Women make up more than half the population and make a significant contribution to society, but continue to be under-represented in leadership roles, earn less pay and retire with less superannuation,” Ms Morand said.

“Significant progress is being made in Victoria and our policy aims to build on that progress to ensure that women can fully and equally participate in all aspects of Victorian life.

“Labor has a strong record in achieving positive outcomes for women in the key areas of leadership, economic independence and safety.

“In stark contrast to the Brumby Labor Government’s strong policies to support women, the Baillieu Opposition has no policies for women, despite the fact that women make up more than half the population.

“Women need strong voices in Parliament and a future Brumby Labor Government would provide the strong representation on areas that matter to Victorian women.”

“Along with funding for the Women’s Centre we are committing to new programs in women’s leadership, more support for financial literacy programs and an initiative to build respectful relationships in schools.”

The current Queen Victoria Women’s Centre was established in 1994 and provides a central point of information and services for women.

The building was first occupied by the Melbourne Hospital from 1912 to 1946 and the Queen Victoria Hospital from 1946 until its closure in 1989, having been founded by Australia’s first registered female doctor, Constance Stone.

Ms Morand said the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre would be upgraded ahead of its centenary celebrations enabling the Queen Victoria Women’s Trust to maintain and preserve this important heritage site.

“It was the first hospital of its kind in Victoria to be run ‘for women, by women’, making it an important historical building that should be preserved for future generations of women.”

Other women’s initiatives a future Labor Government will undertake include:

  • $2 million over two years to expand the pilot Respectful Relationships in Schools program;
  • $1.1 million over three years to establish a regional and rural women’s leadership grant program;
  • $1 million to extend the successful Financial Literacy program to help women build their confidence and achieve financial security;
  • $900,000 over three years for the establishment of the Victorian Women’s Leadership Forum – a Government partnership with employer groups, and Victorian based companies, to develop practical solutions to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions;
  • $500,000 to provide resources to help women with relevant skills and experience to  become ‘board ready’;
  • $500,000 for positive body image grants for organisations to develop projects and programs to build self esteem and positive body image among women aged 12 to 25;
  • $100,000 to recognise and celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in March 2011;
  • A commitment to publish an annual report card of progress on the Government’s target of women to comprise 50 per cent of all new appointments to boards; and
  • Introduce a requirement for Government boards and statutory authorities to establish a diversity policy and publish in their annual reports the number of women who are employees, senior executives and board members consistent with the new Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) Corporate Governance Principles.

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