The Workplace Gender Equality Agency reporting data out today shows why the Abbott Government must abandon its plans to water down requirements for employers to report this data.
“We have this comprehensive, alarming data today because employers have been required by government to provide this data,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
“But the Abbott Government wants to water down these requirements, after putting an improvement to the current requirements on hold.
“We need this important data to tackle the gender pay gap, which alarmingly, just like the gender wealth gap, is on the increase.
“The data today which covers a third of Australia’s workforce shows there’s a 25 per cent gender pay gap in total remuneration and that only a quarter of key management positions are filled by women.
“The Abbott Government would rather sweep these alarming statistics under the table instead of requiring employers to keep reporting them. You can't fix the gender pay gap by hiding it.
“On White Ribbon Day today, it’s especially important we remember that attitudes of gender inequality and financial inequality contribute to domestic violence.
“Financial gender inequality can leave women either trapped in violence or facing homelessness, with domestic violence the biggest cause of homelessness for women in Australia.
“Yet the Abbott Government is entrenching that financial inequality.
“The Abbott Government has abolished the low income super contribution from July 2017, impacting one in every two working women, and plans to hike up university loan interest fees, which would pile up during care-giving years.
“The budget cuts to single parent support, community legal services and the abolition of the national rental affordability scheme threaten to trap women in violence.
“To eradicate domestic violence, we need to tackle the systemic barriers to equality that women face and the government can start doing that by reversing the backward steps it has already taken on financial gender inequality,” Senator Waters said.