Minimum Rental Standards for Healthy Homes, Assessing Domestic Violence Disclosure Schemes, NDIS Access in Custody, NZ Government Attack on Māori Wards

Thursday, 6 June 2024 - 7:00am to 8:30am
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On Monday, the Victorian Government announced proposed updates to the state’s minimum rental standards to make homes healthier, more affordable and more energy efficient. While there are some promising changes such as mandatory cooling, weather seals and better insulation, there are also some major gaps. To help us better understand these amendments to rental standards, we were joined by Sophie Emder, Senior Community Campaigner with Sweltering Cities. Sweltering Cities is a health NGO that works directly with people in hot suburbs and homes to campaign for more liveable, equitable and sustainable cities. 

If you’d like to have your say on minimum rental standards in Victoria, add your voice to Sweltering Cities’ submission here or write your own via the Engage Victoria portal.//


Kate Fitz Gibbon is an international research leader in the area of domestic and family violence, femicide, responses to all forms of violence against women and children, perpetrator interventions, and the impacts of policy and practice reform in Australia and internationally. Today, Kate joined us to discuss new research examining the merits and limits of domestic violence disclosure schemes (DVDS) in so-called Australia and Aotearoa.//


MJ, working at Sisters Inside and a member of the National Network of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, spoke with us about unequal access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people in custody and on remand. While it can be extremely challenging for people who have not already been granted access to funding under the scheme to complete an application in custody, MJ explained the barriers that people inside face when it comes to accessing already approved NDIS-funded supports. MJ is a formerly incarcerated Aeta woman and is committed to ending the criminalisation of women and girls.//


Māori and Irish political organiser Te Raukura O'Connell Rapira joined us on the show to break down the New Zealand government’s attempt to erode Māori representation in local government via an attack on the Māori ward system. Te Raukura is a lead claimant in the urgent Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into this significant legislative move by the NZ government to undermine Māori political voice.//



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