In 2023 Trades Hall became a hive of activity for the “Yes” campaign for Voice. Taking the lead from our First Nations sisters, women unionists campaigned together for a Yes vote.
Despite the result, we are proud to have stood in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Union women have also staunchly opposed efforts by the far-right to stir up on anti-trans sentiment. This year we joined queer activists to offer protection and support for “drag story time” events, and wrote to the Human Rights Commission arguing against the LGB Alliance’s application for permission to ban trans women from their events.