Jill Hennessy said Victoria would be the first state or territory to introduce a measure. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)
The Victorian government has pledged to provide free tampons and pads in Victorian state-run toilets where they will win the November 24 election, while the Coalition opposition is committed to setting up a new unit to direct the deportation of violent crimes that are not citizens.
- I would like to spend $ 5 million for a uniform supply of sanitary items
- The opposition is "happy as far as politics" is concerned
- The Coalition promises to set up an informative unit for Victorian deportation
Health Minister Jill Hennessy said access to women's sanitary items should be viewed as a "basic need" along with hand soap and toilet.
"This is giving female students the dignity they deserve, helping families with the cost of living along the way," Hennessy said.
"We want to break the stigma for young women and girls, and make sure that it does not affect how they feel comfortable at school and can focus on important things such as learning."
Trud committed to spending more than $ 5 million in one year, and Ms. Hennessy said that all women, suites and available bathrooms in public schools will be equipped with products from Term 3 in 2019.
She said similar policies have already been introduced in the United States and Scotland.
Jill Hennessy said the policy is aimed at breaking down the stigma around the pillows and tampons. (AAP: Julian Smith, photo shoot)
The announcement comes a month after Australian political leaders agreed to remove GST from sanitary products after an 18-year campaign that claimed the extra cost for such items was unfair.
Opposition Health spokeswoman Mari Vooldridge said the Coalition was "happy to see this policy".
"We are open to new ideas that make female students easier access to sanitary products and reduce the chance of missing school or can not focus because they have their own time," Vooldridge said.
In a special statement on women's health policy last month, the Coalition pledged that a contraceptive pill would bring non-prescription drugs to women after receiving the first prescription from a doctor.
Coalition promises deportation
In the meantime, the Opposition has committed itself to creating a new unit within the Department of Justice to help deport non-citizens with violent criminal records.
Opposition leader Matthews Gui said the unit – which would include up to 10 employees – would simplify the deportation process by collecting information from Victoria Police and other state agencies, and then making recommendations to the federal government.
Mr. Gui said that dozens of people in Victoria could be attacked shortly after forming the unit.
"We do not control the final migration process to Australia," he said.
"It's a federal process.
"But the state is obliged to do something [violent criminals], to identify those people who need to be recommended and deported. We can not just watch and watch. "
Matthews Gui said the new unit would make deportation of violent non-citizens "more efficient". (ABC Nevs: Stephanie Anderson, file photo)
Mr. Gui said the idea was not recommended by the federal government or its agencies.
"I do not rely on other people to tell me how to do my job. I'm going and working proactively," he said.
"If we can rationalize the system between Victoria Police and other agencies in one agency, providing one unit of advice will be much more effective than three or four agencies that provide advice to federal agents."