SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
ABBOTT GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STEP UP AND LEAD BY TACKLING GENDER INEQUALITY
Senator Claire Moore, Shadow Minister for Women welcomed the Leadership forum of the Male Champions of Change call today for all leaders to 'step up together' in tackling gender inequality in the workplace.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick's powerful message of action comes as her eight year term draws to end and is a reflection of her incredible achievements and the challenging role that lies ahead.
The call comes as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released data today that demonstrate women are still not filling positions of leadership in Australian workplaces.
The figures reveal only 24 per cent of Board Directors and 17 per cent of CEOs are women, showing there is still a long way to go to lift participation of women in decision-making.
Targets for gender equity is a way to focus the board and senior management on the objective of delivering increased gender diversity in their workplace.
Businesses such as Telstra, ASX Ltd, Rio Tinto and Goldman Sachs are showing that by backing good intentions with real objectives they can deliver positive change.
Labor is committed to the equal treatment of women.
At the recent Labor National Conference, rule changes were supported to increase women's representation to 50 per cent by 2025.
When in government, Labor introduced the current target of having at least 40 per cent female directors on Australian Government boards. This target was exceeded at 41 per cent in 2012 but fell below target to 38 per cent in 2014.
Labor recognises that increasing women's participation and economic security requires action from all quarters of the community.
But there is no area of Australian life, no sector of Australian community that does not and will not benefit from the full and equal participation of women.
This includes our Parliaments, Cabinet rooms and workplaces.
Unfortunately the Abbott Government fails to lead by example with only 2 female members in its 19 member Cabinet and only 14 per cent of the Abbott Ministry are women.
It's time the Prime Minister took proactive steps and showed leadership to increase women's representation at the senior levels of government and business.
TUESDAY, 25 AUGUST 2015
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