Ministers call out the LNP on gender inequality

Minister for Employment Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government’s record of achievement for women was in stark contrast to the record of the LNP.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to jobs is achieving great results for women across Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Every single one of our employment, training and small business programs have changed the lives of Queensland women and their families.”

“Skilling Queenslanders for work has supported over 8,000 women into work, study or a combination of both.”

“More than 6,600 payments have been made to support women into jobs through Back to Work.”

“In the last decade in construction there has been a 120% surge of women in carpentry apprenticeships and a 75% increase of women in electrical apprenticeships.”

“The number of women small business owner/operators has increased by 6.3% in 5 years.”

“500 Small Business Mentoring sessions have been delivered to 275 business women through Mentoring for Growth.”

“This is the outstanding results that you can achieve when you have a Ministry and a caucus that is half women – this is real action for Queensland women.”

Ms Fentiman said it was disappointing to see the behaviour towards women in LNP in 2018.

“There have been several allegations of bullying and sexism at a federal level, and numerous resignations of women MPs who simply can’t stand it anymore,” Ms Fentiman said”

“And in Queensland the first woman LNP leader Deb Frecklington has failed to speak out on this important issue.”

“Just six women in the caucus out of 39 seats – less women in their caucus than our Cabinet.”

“Why won’t Deb Frecklington address the lack of women in her party?”

Minister for Women Di Farmer said it the inequality in the LNP at both federal and state levels were unacceptable.

“Most of us thought that the reason the LNP has only 22 women out of 107 federal parliamentarians and six women in the Queensland parliament was that it had not bothered to put in place any plans to increase representation,” Ms Farmer said.

“In recent weeks, as the entrails of the LNP have been laid bare, we see that the problem is much deeper than that. It is about a fundamental disrespect towards women.”

“As long as the LNP refuses to regard women as equals, it will remain unfit to represent the people of Queensland in parliament.”

“We all must take positive steps to help ourselves and other women on the journey towards an equal future,” Ms Fentiman said.

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