On this historic day – the first day the House of Representatives is catching up with society by allowing women Members to breastfeed on the floor of Parliament - it should be acknowledged the Turnbull Government is forcing agencies to scrap lactation breaks for commonwealth government employees from their enterprise agreements through its workplace bargaining policy.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and Safe Work Australia have both removed provisions to assist new mothers with lactation and breastfeeding. Other agencies are removing similar clauses in a drive to meet APSC requirements to strip back agreement content.
By forcing agencies to remove such essential workplace conditions, the Abbott-Turnbull Government is demonstrating that it doesn't really understand what it means to be a new mum returning to work.
Labor calls on the Minister for Employment and Women, Michaelia Cash, to immediately reverse this obscene, offensive and perverse bargaining framework.
The Liberal National Government’s workplace bargaining policy remains unfair, unworkable, and ideological - it should be abandoned.
It's a move Australians would have expected from the former Minister for Women, Tony Abbott, and it will come as a surprise to many that Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Cash are continuing with this shocking workplace bargaining policy.
This is a Government and Prime Minister that says one thing but does another.
The Minister must immediately reverse her policy which is forcing some agencies to scrap lactation breaks and breastfeeding workplace conditions for her workforce.