It is a great honour to serve the people of Queensland as one of our state's 12 Senators in the Australian Senate, and the people of Australia as the Shadow Minister for Women, Carers, and Communities.
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Spotlight on Current Events
This week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released new data showing that Australia's gender pay gap is the worst it has been in 20 years. This data demonstrates the importance and role of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency which was set up by Labor. The ABS figures show that the average man working full-time earns 18.2% more than the average full-time working woman. It tells us that women earn significantly less than men, which has significant impact on their financial security and wellbeing over their lifetimes.
This new data shows that the glass ceiling is thick and persistent. It is also important to remember that the Abbott Government's attacks on penalty and overtime rates if allowed to develop will hurt women disproportionately. This is because penalty rates are a significant part of many women's income.
We have also seen a week full of continued coverage about the Federal Budget and the impacts it will have on the community. The Treasurer's simplistic comments relating to the proposed fuel excise changes demonstrate just how out of touch the Coalition is when it comes to the struggles of everyday Australians.
Finally, you may also be wondering why a piglet is gracing the cover of this week's update. The ALP is reviewing our policy on animal testing and cosmetics, and we want to hear from the community on this issue. A number of countries around the world, particularly in Europe, have strong regulations regarding animal testing and cosmetics. So tonight I'm hosting a consultation forum at UQ St Lucia campus that will include the public, academics, industry experts and fellow MPs. If you can't make it, we are still very interested to hear your views on this issue and I'd invite you to make a submission here.
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Care Leavers Australia Network Speech
More Info on the Abbott Government's Welfare Cuts
The Abbott Government has instigated a review into Australia's welfare systems. Click on the PDF link to see how you can have your say and read the interim findings of the Review.
Parkinson's Walk in the Park 2014
Parkinson's Disease is no walk in the park, but fundraising for Parkinson's Queensland is! Join me and my team on August 31st to fight this horrific disease. Find out more at Parkinson's Queensland