MP: Gender equality not on PM’s agenda

May 16, 2018

FEDERAL Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP has said gender equality isn’t a priority for Malcolm Turnbull and the federal government

Ms Chesters said that Labor’s 2018 Women’s Budget Statement shows that after five years in government, the Liberals suggest they might do something about women’s economic security — but this year’s budget doesn’t say what, or whether there is funding for it.

“Australian women still on average earn 15.3 per cent less than men. The average man’s wage in this country is about $127,000 a year while the average woman’s pay is about $97,000, a massive difference of $30,000 just because of gender,” said Ms Chesters.

“Unfortunately, data shows that the gender gap is widening with findings telling us gender parity is over 200 years away.

‘‘The truth is that the Liberals have taken no serious action on gender pay gap and gender equality, and they never will.

“In this budget the Liberals locked in $80 billion of big business tax cuts but refused to scrap the $30 million a year tampon tax.

“They still haven’t secured a National Housing and Homeless Agreement with the states, leaving women’s refuges and homelessness services in Central Victoria unsure whether they’ll receive federal funding after July 1.

“These are just a few of the areas that the Liberal’s budget has failed central Victorian women.”

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