MEDIA RELEASE: Minister for Women fails to hit own targets, 29 September 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

 

MINISTER FOR WOMEN FAILS TO HIT OWN TARGETS

It was revealed last night that Michaelia Cash’s own department has failed to hit the Government’s target for female representation on boards. Minister Cash’s Department of Employment has the lowest rate of women on boards across the Government – only 15 out of 53 board positions it oversees.

This comes after pay gaps were exposed in the Office for Women, with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet offering $10,000 dollars less to new employees in the Office for Women than for positions at the same level elsewhere in the department.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Women, Ms Tanya Plibersek says if Australia’s Minister for Women can’t get it right in her own department and the Office for Women, it shows what a low priority equality for women is under this Government.

“Commitment to women’s policy was a joke under Tony Abbot, and under Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash it seems to have disappeared altogether.

“Michaelia Cash clearly isn’t serious about women’s rights if she’s happy to accept $10,000 pay gaps and ignore gender targets in her own departments.

Labor is serious about striving for gender equality through strong leadership in government. We’ve set a target for 50 per cent female representation on government boards within our first term in office.

When last in government Labor set a 40 per cent target which we achieved 2 years ahead of the target date.

Under the Liberals we haven't just stood still, we've gone backwards.

Ms Plibersek said “I support targets because they work. There’s strong evidence that diversity on boards improves decision making and governance.”

The Minister for Women should be setting an example, not trailing the bunch when it comes to being an equal opportunity employer.