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.
ADEQUATE INCOME SUPPORT FOR JOBSEEKERS
GPA/GPV/KCV* 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.
SUPPORTING YOUNG ADULTS IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE
Within a year, many young people who leave out of home care at age 18 will end up homeless and living on the streets. Many others continue to live with their kinship carers for years to come because they cannot cope with the outside world. The financial burdens are enormous.
ABOLITION OF GENITAL MUTILATION
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.
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.
ABOLITION OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
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.
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.