Labor promises action on gendered violence

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Labor has pledged to take more action on tacking violence against women if the party wins the next federal election.

The ALP's special conference expanded its policy platform to include a promise to look at reforms which would harmonise criminal laws around consent.

Labor would boost resources for family and gendered violence prevention programs with the platform updated to described the issue as a national shame.

Sexual violence would be the central focus of a program to stamp out violence against women.

An Albanese government would also do more to fund consent and respectful relationships education through working with state and territory governments.

Labor frontbencher Jenny McAllister said tens of thousands of women had marched for action, which the Morrison government's "woeful" efforts failed to deliver.

"We have had enough of sexism. We have had enough of sexual harassment. We have had enough of violence against women and their children," she told delegates.

"We have had enough of sexual assault and we have had enough of rape.

"We have had enough of not being safe or valued in our workplaces. We have had enough of inequality and discrimination. We will not be silent. We demand change."

Labor also amended its platform to ensure it would create a specialised and superior family court, reversing the government's controversial merger.