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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—UNPAID CARING WORK—PROPOSED PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION INQUIRY

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1274—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that unpaid caring work being undertaken by Australian individuals is leading to inequality over the life-cycle of women and the emergence of gender-based disparity in retirement incomes; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) direct the Productivity Commission to conduct an inquiry into mechanisms for recognising and valuing unpaid care which might reduce the gender gap, including, but not limited to, options and models for superannuation and tax offsets, carer's leave, child care, aged pension supplements, and additional paid parental leave measures, and

  (ii) specify that the inquiry examine the merits and feasibility of a system of `carer credits' in the form of direct credits to the superannuation accounts of individuals with parent care responsibilities or carer responsibilities.

Question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES, 10

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

LudlamMilne

Rhiannon

Siewert (Teller)Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wright

Xenophon

NOES, 34

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Bushby

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Cash

Colbeck

Collins

Cormann

Farrell

Feeney

Fifield

Furner

Gallacher

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Lines

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen

McKenzie

McLucas

Moore

Parry

Pratt

Ruston

Singh

Smith

Stephens

Sterle

Thorp

Urquhart

Williams

Question negatived.