Our diversity makes us a stronger community. Jo has a proud record of defending multiculturalism, the elderly, people with disability and the rights of Indigenous Australians. She passionately supports a more humane approach to asylum seekers and refugee policy. 

Social Justice

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service [RACS] is at the forefront of the greatest humanitarian crises around the world. As more comes to light about the plight of Rohingya refugees and the asylum seekers abandoned on Manus Island, the work of organisations such as RACS has never been more vital.

November 22, 2017

Social Justice

I am proud to represent an electorate that is diverse, resilient, compassionate and engaged—and electorate that is home to bold community groups such as Mums 4 Refugees.

November 16, 2017

Social Justice

Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill, has welcomed the overwhelming victory for the Equality Campaign in the recent Marriage Equality Survey. 

November 16, 2017

Social Justice

LOVE WINS! A resounding victory for our LGBTIQ brothers and sisters, Australia took a significant step forward in terms of social justice and equality for all.

November 15, 2017

Social Justice

Over the past 48 hours, news feeds across the globe have been filled with two simple words, "Me too"—women sharing personal stories of sexual harassment, abuse, violence and rape. It makes for harrowing reading, but it is a deeply personal reminder of the extent of the sexualised violence women face. Unsurprisingly, many tell of harassment in the workplace. 

October 18, 2017

Social Justice

For over 40 years Vivi Germano-Koutsounados has been advocating for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. Vivi migrated to Australia from Greece in 1954 when she was only nine years old. Her experience of migration has driven her passion for multiculturalism, social justice and human rights for migrants and refugees.

October 12, 2017

Social Justice

Question on Notice to the Minister for Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans Affairs regarding women in prison in NSW.

October 11, 2017

Social Justice

On 20 September this year, Tane Chatfield died in custody at Tamworth Correctional Centre. He was 22 years old. A few months earlier, in August, a 47-year-old Indigenous man was found unconscious in his cell at Adelaide City Watch House. In July this year, father of five Eric Whittaker died of a brain haemorrhage at Parklea Correctional Centre, with varying accounts of his death given to his family. Eric's cousin David Dungay had also died in custody, two years before. These men are just the latest in a shamefully long line of Indigenous Australians to die in custody. Of course, behind each of these tragic cases lies a hard truth, one best told in numbers.

October 10, 2017

Social Justice

Few women have had as great an impact on the Australian labour movement than Barbara Murphy, AO.

Barbara was a much-loved and highly effective educator, working in Sydney schools for more than 25 years before joining the NSW Teachers Federation, where she served as both senior vice-president and deputy president.

September 21, 2017

Social Justice

Question on Notice to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault regarding funding for community legal centres to provide specialised domestic and family services.

September 21, 2017