THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
LABOR RELEASES WOMEN’S BUDGET STATEMENT: WOMEN STILL BEING LEFT BEHIND BY MALCOLM TURNBULL
The 2018 Women’s Budget Statement released today by Labor shows gender equity just isn’t a priority for Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals.
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?
The truth is that the Liberals have taken no serious action on 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;
- cut $1.5 billion from Remote Indigenous Housing, despite First Nations women in remote areas being significantly over-represented as users of homelessness services; and
- still haven’t secured a National Housing and Homeless Agreement with the states, leaving women’s refuges and homelessness services unsure whether they’ll receive federal funding after 1 July.
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;
- frozen funding for the six National Women’s Alliances;
- cut millions of dollars from Community Legal Centres and capital funding used for safe housing options for women (before being forced to restore some funding);
- cut almost $2 billion worth of pay rises and support for workers in feminised industries such as early childhood education and disability care; and
- cheered on cuts to penalty rates, that disproportionately impact women.
Back in 2014, the Liberals abolished the annual Women's Budget Statement.
The Women's Budget Statement was designed to show how women were affected by government policies.
For five years now, Labor has produced a Women’s Budget Statement from Opposition.