November 2020 Guest speaker, Marie Coleman

Our guest speaker was the excellent Marie Coleman, speaking on the “Gender Lens on the Budget“, an annual review conducted by the National Foundation of Australian Women, of which Marie was a foundation member. Among her long, long list of work done and positions held, Marie was:

… the first woman in Australia to head a statutory authority when she chaired the Whitlam Government’s Social Welfare Commission in 1973.

(text and photo from NFAW website)

The NFAW’s Gender Lens documents pick apart the federal government’s 2020 Budget, revealing how different groups in the community have been affected. Older women, for example:

Overall, …the 2020 Budget is a missed opportunity to improve the lives of older women who face the greatest difficulties: single, older renters totally reliant on JobSeeker or pension payments; those who are homeless; a significant proportion of those on the long waiting list for home care packages; and those locked out of employment.

It is also another missed opportunity to begin resetting policy to disrupt the structural accumulation of poverty across the life course that reaches its peak with disastrous consequences for so many women in later life.


June 2014 guest speaker, Marie Coleman, NFAW

Marie Coleman was our guest speaker on 17 June 2014 at the Dickson Tradies Club.

Marie is a well-known activist and former public servant, and was the ACT’s Senior Australian of the year in 2011. She spoke on the May budget brought down by Messrs Abbott and Hockey.

The National Foundation for Australian Women, of which Marie was a founding member in 1989, has issued a press release,”Budget 2014: Women are the biggest losers!”, which notes that an unemployed single mother with one eight-year-old child would lose $54 per week or 12 per cent of their disposable income.

For the NFAW document, see