FRYDENBERG DOESN’T GET IT ON GENDER PAY GAP

Julie Collins MP.
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FRYDENBERG DOESN’T GET IT ON GENDER PAY GAP
Julie Collins MP
Instead of misleading Parliament about the state of the gender pay gap in Australia, Josh Frydenberg would be better of putting together a genuine reform agenda to close the gap.
 
The Treasurer’s comment today in Question Time that the gender pay gap has ‘closed’ ignores the fact that female workers in Australia still earn 14% less than their male colleagues.
 
For all of the political spin from the Prime Minister and Treasurer about the benefits of economic growth it is clear this is not true for many Australians – especially women.
 
The gender pay gap in Australia has remained stubbornly high over the past two decades and any minor changes have been widely attributed to the mining boom ending.
 
It's time the Morrison Government put forward a genuine reform agenda to close the gender pay gap and address the discrimination that is fuelling this gap.
 
And if the Morrison Government was serious about fixing the gender pay gap it would oppose any new changes to penalty rates.
 
The Morrison Government’s failure to protect the penalty rates of Australian workers means hair and beauty workers are now in the firing line.
 
The vast majority of these workers are women and any cuts to penalty rates won’t just make it harder to pay the rent and cover the bills, it will also exacerbate the gender pay gap. 
 
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