Time to shift the paradigm

The LNP will offer real, practical solutions to improve women’s economic security under a Crisafulli Government.

Now is the time to shift the paradigm with a dedicated Minister for Women’s Economic Security that will be appointed and will work alongside the Treasurer and Finance Minister.

Two of these three positions will be women.

I applaud this announcement made by the Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli today during the 2022 Budget Reply.

We need to shift the paradigm in relation to women’s economic security in this state.

It is about aspiration, not victimisation.

The NSW Government this week announced a massive injection of funding that is practical and targeted to women.

A $32 million grants program to provide $5,000 payments to women to cover the costs of technology, wardrobe and training needs when returning to work, more than $30 million to specifically support women in business and $5 billion over the next 10 years for childcare, including $775 million in the next four years.

It is this type of real action that is required to address women’s economic security in Queensland.

Queensland currently has the second worst gender pay gap in the country of 15.6%, higher than the national average of 13.8%

While NSW improved its gap from 13.4% in November 2020, to 12% in November 2021, in Queensland it increased to 15.6%

The women’s participation rate is still lagging 63.7% to men’s 70.9%

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Budget doesn’t do enough for women.

It doesn’t give real, practical and specific solutions to provide more opportunities and support for women.

Most of the measures under Economic Security in the Women’s Budget Statement are not just for women.

In fact, if you total the amount for the specific projects there are on Women’s Economic Security you barely crack $1 million.

It’s not good enough.

We need the talk backed up with action.

Equality matters.

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