NFAW guide to help women compare election issues

A FEMINIST organisation will release a policy guide today it says will help women "use their vote wisely" on election day.

The National Foundation for Australian Women has identified a range of issues that most affect women and produced a document comparing and contrasting the major parties' policies.

Policy areas reviewed include child care, paid parental leave, income security for women, superannuation, anti-discrimination and human rights, violence against women, education, health, aged care, housing, women and girls with disabilities and youth unemployment.

The NFAW said it was careful not to endorse any particular suite of policies in compiling the document.

NFAW spokeswoman Marie Coleman said the purpose of the project was to assist women and their partners make a well-informed decision in the election.

"This document will encourage women to use their vote wisely and to make an informed decision based on a compare and contrast of a whole range of policies from the major parties," Ms Coleman said.

The group has also launched a website, which it developed based on advice from the Australian Electoral Commission, to assist and encourage women to enrol and vote (http://www.womenvote.org.au).



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