||Issue No. 245||05 November 2004|
What’s In a Name?
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
The Locker Room
Let's Start A New Party
Girls Should Be Short Changed
The exhortation is contained on a new poster prepared by the organisation in response to ABS figures that show Australian bosses still value women at only 85 percent the rate of men.
"Prepare your daughter for working life," the Equal Opportunities Commission poster reads. "Give her less pocket money than your son."
"Unequal pay is an insidious form of sex discrimination, which requires top level commitment from government, unions and businesses to stamp it out," says commission acting chief executive Matthew Carroll. "In 2004 women still don't earn as much as men, are subjected to sexual harassment, get sacked for being pregnant and suffer from widespread discrimination."
The Victorian Government launched a Pay Equity Inquiry earlier this year to investigate pay disparity between men and women.
"The Inquiry will investigate the pay disparity between males and females. The Commission is playing a key role in this inquiry, together with representatives from business, unions and Government," says Carroll. "The lack of affordable childcare combined with the pay gap forces most families to forfeit the earnings of the lower paid mother."
"We eagerly await the findings of the Inquiry which we see as a very positive first step to developing strategies to address this important issue."
The Equal Opportunity Commission has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of Deborah Wardley's (Lawrie) landmark battle to become Australia's first female commercial airline pilot.
Mr Carroll said this was the first complaint to come before the newly established Victorian Equal Opportunity Board and the first contested anti-discrimination case in Australia.
"Since Deborah's victory much of the blatant discrimination faced by women has decreased significantly. However, Deborah, who now lives in The Hague, said that Australia lags behind European countries in addressing sex discrimination, maternity leave entitlements, sexual harassment and sexist attitudes towards women."
"Despite years of legislation and education, we still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality."
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