26 September 2023

Women’s Budget statement worth the money

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The Federal Government included $2.1 billion Budget in the recent budget for 2022-23 targeted at measures to support Australian women and girls as part of its policy for a stronger future.

According to Prime Minister, Scott Morrison the Women’s Budget Statement built on an allocation last year as well as statements in 2018 and 2020.

Mr Morrison said next year’s funding would be for new and existing initiatives in the areas of women’s safety, women’s economic security and leadership, and health and wellbeing.

He said the gender pay gap had narrowed to 13.8 per cent “the second-lowest on record and significantly lower than the 17.4 per cent gender pay gap when the Government was elected in 2013.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women, Senator Marise Payne said achieving gender equality was a priority for the Government.

“We are focused on improving the lives of women in Australia, building on record investment already made,” Senator Payne said.

“This is about complementing and enhancing the work being done in partnership with governments, business, the community and individuals to achieve a more inclusive and equal Australia for all women and girls,” she said.

“We know that gender equality is the foundation for a safe, healthy, and cohesive community as well as a strong economy.”

Senator Payne said that was why the Government was continuing to focus its efforts on three key priorities—women’s safety, economic security and leadership, and health and wellbeing.

“We know that these priorities are mutually reinforcing. When we achieve better outcomes in one area, we see positive benefits across all areas,” Senator Payne said.

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