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Greens to fix glaring omissions in Abbott Government’s workplace gender equality reporting requirements

Media Release
Larissa Waters 25 Feb 2015

The Australian Greens will work to save key parts of the workplace gender reporting requirements that the Abbott Government announced today it wants to cut.

“We are firmly opposed to the Abbott Government’s changes that remove reporting on CEO salaries, perks, job applications and interviews,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“The government needs to restore these important gender equality indicators before tabling this legislative instrument in the Senate, or it runs the risk of these changes being disallowed.

“Data on job applications and interviews is especially important at the manager level as it exposes where women are facing the glass ceiling.

“Just a fortnight ago the gender pay gap reporting data revealed that the gap is widest at management level – yet this is exactly the area that the Abbott Government is watering down the most.  

“Without transparency on the gender equality of perks, CEO pay and who is getting interviewed for promotions or senior roles, discrimination will continue to be hidden.  

“We need comprehensive data to pinpoint where, when and how women face the workplace discrimination throughout their careers that leads to them overall being paid 18.2 per cent less than men.

“The Abbott Government’s announcement today to water down efforts to fix the gender pay gap, comes after its sexist behaviour was on display in Senate Estimates questioning of Gillian Triggs yesterday.

“It’s unacceptable that women still face discrimination in the workplace in 2015 – it’s inequitable and bad for productivity.

“We Greens will seek to have discussions with the Government to restore important parts of the gender pay gap reporting requirements so we can eliminate this discrimination. You can’t fix the gender pay gap by hiding it,” Senator Waters said.

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