Another update on QT, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has pressed the government on why women have been ‘left behind’ in the federal budget.
“I refer to the fact that the burden of the Morrison recession has disproportionately fallen on women. Why is the government racking up $1 trillion of Liberal debt without a plan to support the participation of women in the workforce? Why has the Prime Minister left women behind in this budget?” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Morrison responded: “We are on the road to try and restore, Mr Speaker, the record participation of women we were able to put in place before the COVID-19 recession hit, and the gender pay gap was reduced to its lowest level and those jobs are coming back for women.”
“And 60% of the jobs that have come back in measured employment since the pit of the COVID-19 recession, Mr Speaker, have gone to women.”
The 2020-21 federal budget has set aside $240 million to boost women’s participation in the workplace but Labor and women’s advocates say it’s not enough.
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