Women's budget statement

Reinstate the Women's Budget Statement

We deserves an economy and budget that benefits everyone. But this year's budget treats women as an afterthought - and the absence of a gender lens analysis of who will (and won't) benefit from key policies couldn't be more apparent. 

The Women’s Budget Statement was an essential mechanism for ensuring the budget delivers gender equality. Before it was abolished by Tony Abbott in 2014 it provided a comprehensive overview of how much budget allocations across different government departments - like Housing, Health, Education, Foreign Affairs, Treasury - were really meeting the needs of women. 

As the Minister responsible for introducing the statement says: "The Budget had been designed by men, for men and before the Statement was introduced, everyone assumed that would work for women as well. It didn't, obviously."

Will you add your support for restoring the Women's Budget Statement? 

 

To Prime Minister Scott Morrison, 

We call on you to reinstate the Women’s Budget Statement, and ensure that it becomes part of a comprehensive gender-responsive budgeting process in Australia.

Gender-responsive budgeting is critical to ensuring that gender equality is addressed across the entire budgeting process, from budget and policy drafting to reporting on the impact of Government initiatives. 

We encourage you to reinstate the Women’s Budget Statement and improve upon it to ensure:

  • It is integrated with gender-responsive budgeting during budget planning cycles
  • It covers expenditure across all Government Departments, rather than just initiatives specifically targeting women
  • It is done independently of Government by the Parliamentary Budget Office, and with input from the women’s sector

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Raylene , 4870  /  signed 2020-10-18 09:43:13 +1100
"Because women are more than an afterthought. They are essential to running our society and economy and it is time they are recognised as such. Women take on multiple unpaid carer roles in society that allow the economy to prosper and suffer financially for the same."
Jackie , 2030  /  signed 2020-10-11 18:26:13 +1100
Sam , 4005  /  signed 2020-10-11 17:03:09 +1100
Christina , 4660  /  signed 2020-10-11 15:01:24 +1100
Melanie , 2528  /  signed 2020-10-10 20:33:29 +1100
April , 2035  /  signed 2020-10-10 14:17:41 +1100
April , 2548  /  signed 2020-10-09 15:50:08 +1100
Jane , 2550  /  signed 2020-10-09 14:45:30 +1100
"This government was given an unprecedented opportunity to make Australia a more cohesive, fair and equitable society and they have failed miserably. In fact what they have done is reinforce inequity and push the disadvantaged, particularly older women, further into poverty and risk of harm. If done unconsciously then having a women’s budget statement might help to avoid future oversight but if done deliberately there may well be no hope for us :("
Vicki , 4700  /  signed 2020-10-09 09:51:23 +1100
Natalie , 3000  /  signed 2020-10-08 23:30:31 +1100
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