Senate debates

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Gender Equality

5:04 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 155 standing in my name.

Leave granted.

I amend the motion in the terms circulated in the chamber and move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that at the UN Women’s International Women’s Day parliamentary breakfast on 4 March 2014 the Prime Minister (Mr Abbott) stated:

  (A) Australian women have a ‘pretty good deal’,

  (B) the more we can ensure that women are economic, as well as social and cultural contributors, the better for everyone, and

  (C) this nation has smashed just about every glass ceiling, but we need to do more - we need to do more,

(ii) that there is still a 17 per cent gap in pay between Australian men and women,

(iii) the Workplace Gender Equality Agency is now collecting and analysing data from eligible businesses which will enable employers to develop better gender equality strategies,

(iv) the important work done by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, including the collection of critical gender workplace reporting data needed to address the gender pay gap in Australia, and

(v) that continued collections of such data will provide evidence of improvements over time; and

(b) recognises and congratulates the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on its work since inception of the reporting data on gender equality indicators.


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