The Greens and Labor have passed a motion in the Senate, calling on the Abbott Government to retain the existing workplace gender equality reporting requirements, instead of watering them down.
“The Abbott Government is delaying a scheduled improvement in workplace gender reporting requirements, under the guise of further consultation,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
“It’s very concerning that the government’s consultation includes re-visiting the existing reporting requirements.
“The consultation process is geared to justify the Abbott Government’s desire to decrease the amount of information big businesses provide to the government about gender equality in their workplaces.
“The Abbott Government has delayed increased workplace gender reporting requirements, and it is now trying to water down the existing requirements through the consultation.
“We need this data to inform important work to tackle the gender pay gap, which alarmingly still sits at above 17 per cent.
“Many companies understand the importance of closing the gender pay gap but Tony Abbott’s preference for women to be doing the ironing shows in this attempt to unwind efforts to fix the gender pay gap,” Senator Waters said.