Central Victorian women still being left behind by Malcolm Turnbull

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP, has today highlighted how gender equity isn’t a priority for Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Government.

Ms Chesters said that Labor’s 2018 Women’s Budget Statement released today shows that after five years in government, the Liberals suggest they might do something about women’s economic security - but this year’s Budget doesn’t say what, or whether there is funding for it. Why don’t they know?

“Australian woman still on average earn 15.3 per cent less than men. The average man’s wage in this country is about $127,000 a year while the average woman’s pay is about $97,000, a massive difference of $30,000 just because of gender.

“Unfortunately, data shows that the gender gap is widening with findings telling us gender parity is over 200 years away.

“The truth is that the Liberals have taken no serious action on gender pay gap and gender equality, and they never will.

“In this Budget the Liberals locked in $80 billion of big business tax cuts but refused to scrap the $30 million a year tampon tax.

“They still haven’t secured a National Housing and Homeless Agreement with the states, leaving women’s refuges and homelessness services in Central Victoria unsure whether they’ll receive federal funding after 1 July.

“These are just a few of the areas that the Liberal’s budget has failed Central Victorian women,” said Ms Chesters.

Labor’s 2018 Women’s Budget Statement exposes that after five years, and five Budgets the Liberals are still leaving Australian women behind.

The Liberals have:

• tried to cut paid parental leave calling working mums ‘rorters’ and ‘double dippers’;
• introduced a childcare policy that leaves 279,000 families worse off as child care costs continue to rise;
• cut almost $2 billion worth of pay rises and support for workers in feminised industries such as early childhood education and disability care;
• cheered on cuts to penalty rates, that disproportionately impact Central Victorian women and
• tried to cut pensions, New Start and youth payments and allowance for millions of Australian women

“This is an unfair budget that leaves Central Victorian women behind,’ said Ms Chesters.