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Abbott Government releases consultation with big business as part of plan to weaken workplace gender reporting requirements

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Larissa Waters 14 Jan 2015

A summary of the Abbott Government’s consultation with big business on workplace gender reporting requirements has been released to give Tony Abbott an excuse to slash efforts to close the gender pay gap.

“Tony Abbott has designed this so-called consultation so that big business will complain about the requirements, giving him cover to slash the data that underpins efforts to close the gender pay gap,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has come out on cue against the workplace gender reporting.  

“Australia’s gender pay gap is widening and all Tony Abbott and big business can do is complain about large companies sharing their data so we can fix it.

“The consultation shows gender reporting only costs companies with more than 100 employees about $1500 on average.

“This is a fair price to pay to identify gender pay gaps in their business, rather than blindly letting gender discrimination go on.

“We cannot fix the gender pay gap by hiding it. 

“Achieving workplace gender equality has the power to unleash increased productivity for employers and the whole economy.

“If the workplace gender reporting requirements are weakened on Tony Abbott’s watch he should step down as the Minister for Women,” Senator Waters said.

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