Stop Abbott blocking gender balance goal

Tony Abbott and Ray Hadley have just blasted the Australian Human Rights Commission and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins for proposing the Commonwealth Government take action to ensure the organisations it is contracting are making efforts to help improve gender balance in workplaces.[1]

The Commission has recommended that the Government “should become a model industry in improving the participation of women in the workforce” by doing things like requiring contracted organisations to demonstrate efforts to improve gender balance, with an ultimate goal of reaching a 40:40:20 gender balance (40% men, 40% women and 20% unspecified, to allow for flexibility).[2]

Abbott is trying to pressure the Federal Government into rejecting this proposal. We can’t let him and Ray Hadley hijack the debate about sensible recommendations like these. Can you help show the Turnbull Government that most Australians want to address them taking action like this to address the exclusion of women in the workforce.

Can you sign and share this petition calling on the Federal Government to adopt the recommendation from Australian Human Rights Commission?

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“The 40:40:20 target is used by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to describe gender-balanced workplaces. It means that a gender-balanced workforce would be made up of 40% men and 40% women, with the remaining 20% unspecified to allow for flexibility.

This is not a mandatory quota. Organisations would not need to meet this gender balance target to secure Government contracts.

The recommendation simply asks for “demonstrated efforts” to improve gender balance. Many organisations are already taking proactive steps on gender equality. For example, an organisation might improve the gender balance of recruitment short lists.”

References 

[1] Tony Abbott calls 'anti-men' gender quota idea 'politically correct rubbish', The Guardian, 1 May 2017

[2] Statement from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Australian Human Rights Commission, 1 May 2017

Dear Federal Government,

We support the Australian Human Rights Commission's recommendation that the Commonwealth Government should become a model industry in improving the participation of women in the workforce.

We encourage you to adopt their recommendation to require contracted organisations to demonstrate efforts to improve gender balance, with an ultimate goal of reaching a 40:40:20 gender balance.

Signed,

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Wendy , 4350  /  signed 2017-05-02 21:34:54 +1000
"I am a woman and have two daughters as well as two sons the gender balance should be improved in all workplaces not just the “caring” professions."
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