Women left out and left behind in Morrison’s recession Budget

Australian Labor Party

Under Scott Morrison and his Government, Australian women continue to be left out and left behind.

The 2020 Women’s Budget Statement released today by Labor shows that this year’s Morrison Recession Budget contains no measures to address significant job losses in industries dominated by women.

Since March, almost 200,000 have lost their jobs and 110,000 women have left the labour force altogether. At the peak of coronavirus restrictions earlier this year, more than 1 million women had no work whatsoever.

There is no doubt that Australian women have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic and Morrison recession.

But despite racking up more than a trillion dollars in debt, the Prime Minister’s re-hashed “women’s economic statement” only allocated $240 million in new funding – 0.024 per cent.

In this year’s Budget, there is no new funding for frontline service providers to support women and their children escaping domestic violence.

There is nothing new to properly drive down the gender pay gap. There is nothing to bolster women’s superannuation or economic security in retirement.

There is no plan to lift the permanent rate of JobSeeker from $40 per day, tackle insecure work, create opportunities for women or to improve access to childcare.

There is no plan to reduce childcare fees to support women going back to work during the deepest recession in a hundred years.

At a time when women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing demographic facing homelessness, there is no plan to build more social housing or repair properties unfit for tenants to live in.

The Women’s Budget Statement was axed by Tony Abbott’s Government in 2014. Labor has produced one from Opposition every year since.

THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2020

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