Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, on the gender wealth gap and Minister Bishop’s comments about sexism in Harper’s Bazaar:
“With new research by Curtin University showing that Australia’s gender wealth gap, like our gender pay gap, is widening; it’s frustrating that Minister Bishop’s advice to women is to stop whingeing.
“We have a real problem with gender inequality and ignoring it will not help women who may not have been as fortunate as Minister Bishop, who says she refuses to acknowledge the glass ceiling personally, although it exists for other women.
“The courageous women I know who advocate for equal rights and opportunities for women are not whingers – they are addressing the serious systemic barriers which women face every day.
“The new research showing that the gender wealth gap widened by from 2002 to 2010, comes on top of our gender pay gap being at its most inequitable in decades and the average superannuation pay out for women being a third of that of men.
“There’s so much to do to fix gender inequality and the Abbott Government should start by scrapping its plans to water down workplace gender reporting requirements; tossing out their cruel budget which impacts women disproportionately and appointing a woman as the Minister for Women,” Senator Waters said.