Posted 20 June 2017:
This afternoon the Senate voted in support of a motion calling on the Federal Government to directly fund Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) to deliver 1800RESPECT.
The motion put by Senators Kakoschke- Moore, Moore, Waters, Lambie, and Hinch, builds on community pressure on the Federal Government to abandon its contract with Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) for delivery of the service and ditch the McDonalds drive-thru model of counselling to callers of 1800RESPECT.
Pressure is mounting and it's because of your support that members of the Crossbench and Opposition have now joined our campaign- No Profit From Rape.
Over the last two months many of you have hit the phones, calling federal politicians to back our campaign.
You have joined us at rallies. You continue to share our petition with nearly 12,000 signatures (and please continue!).
On behalf of the workers at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia- our members- thank you.
Today's motion was not supported by the Coalition- but there's still time to work on them and we refuse to give up. Already RDVSA has had its contracted extended till 31 October, a small win while the tender process continues. But with every action we take together we build.