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Sexual assault survivor and Australian of the Year Grace Tame says the Morrison government has made a “grave mistake” in appointing a new human rights commissioner who has expressed concern about affirmative consent laws.
Senior figures have expressed unease that Finlay was appointed by the Coalition without the position first being advertised, and that could jeopardise the AHRC’s “A status” with the United Nations.
Tame’s criticism came during a Women’s Safety Summit convened by the Morrison government. She argued the “grave mistake” of the Finlay appointment exemplified “a fundamental lack of understanding at that top-level” about the issues being canvassed at the two-day summit.
Tame declared the appointment reflected “a proven track record with this government with its inability to understand these issues – its inability to address the fundamental issue of women’s safety [even] within parliament itself.”
The latest CEW Census shows that progress is so slow, you can barely see it at all. Of 23 appointments, one went to a woman.
The figure was released Thursday afternoon by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), revealing the change that has occurred over the past six months on comparing men and women working full-time.
They also announced that ‘Equal Pay Day 2021’ will fall on August 31 this year, marking the 61 extra days women have to work from the end of the financial year to achieve the same annual pay as men.
The difference was driven by a rise in men’s full-time wages that far outpaced a rise in women’s wages, 1.8% compared with 0.9%, with the ABS particularly highlighting earnings growth in construction — an industry that received considerable pandemic stimulus from the Federal Government — as largely supporting this growth.
For many Australians who spend chunks of their time volunteering, the Census will not ask details about the work they do.
There will be no apology. But former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate will at least get some form of payback for what she has experienced.
“Australia Post acknowledges that it has lost an effective CEO following the events on the morning of 22 October 2020. Australia Post regrets the difficult circumstances surrounding Ms Holgate’s departure from her role as CEO,” it read.
Holgate will receive the million dollar payment as an “employment termination payment”, which accounts for around eight months of her salary.
Holgate also has a new job, recently appointed as CEO of Australia Post rival, Global Express, taking on the job within days of her non-compete clause with Australia Post expiring.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has “cancelled” the Glebe premises of a women’s legal clinic because she disagrees with its views on defending women-only spaces.
The charity Feminist Legal Clinic operates from a rent-free Sydney City Council office to help women facing domestic violence and family law court matters.
But the service attracted the ire of Ms Moore by including links on its website to online articles including news stories discussing the tension between transgender rights and the rights of women and girls.
Now it has to vacate the premises by August 19.
The online links also discussed issues around puberty blockers and hormonal treatments on children, and allowing men into women-only spaces.
But the council objected and demanded the organisation take down the links, saying the articles had “negative attitudes” towards transgender people and “had the potential for generating discrimination”.
In a departure from the norm, the German gymnastics team elected to wear full length unitards at the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers on Sunday.
The Norwegian women’s beach handball team has been fined for wearing shorts, and not bikini bottoms, at a European championship match.
A fine of $1,770 was given to the women’s team after their shorts were ruled “a case of improper clothing”.
Tonje Lerstad and Julie Berg, two of the players in the women’s national beach handball team, appeared on tevevison following the event, and agreed that the sport’s uniform rules were sexist and prevented many women from taking up the sport.
“We’ve just been told that this is the rule,” Lerstad said. “We want to grow this sport so everyone can feel they want to participate. Because of body insecurities, a lot of women just say, ‘No, I don’t want to do this,’ and that’s really sad.”
Berg said the support the handball team has received since has been overwhelming.
On the ABC’s Ms Represented, Julia Gillard says the sexism she endured as Australia’s first female prime minister only worsened during her time in the role.
The 30-minute program airs at 8pm on Tuesday and shows how sexist attitudes still plague women in Parliament eight years after the incident with Mr Abbott.
A growing number of women across the political divide are calling for a code of conduct that clearly outlines the behavioural and ethical standards expected from politicians with regard to women in Parliament.
Last week, several federal MPs attended a two-day summit run by the Australian National University’s Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, chaired by Ms Gillard, to help establish a model of conduct for Australia’s Parliament.