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32    Notice

Senators McAllister and Edwards gave a notice of motion as follows: To move on the next day of sitting—That—

    (a)   the Senate notes that, although the increasing participation of women in the workforce has contributed significantly to Australia’s economic productivity and to women’s financial independence, significant socio-economic disparity remains between men and women, illustrated by the pay gap between men and women which sits at 18.8 per cent and the gap in superannuation at retirement is 46.6 per cent; and

    (b)   the gender retirement income gap be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day in March 2016, with particular reference to:

                  (i)   the  impact of inadequate superannuation savings on the retirement outcomes for women,

                 (ii)   the extent of the gender retirement income gap and causes of this gap, including the gender pay gap and women’s caring responsibilities,

                (iii)   the effect of any structural inequities in the superannuation system,

                (iv)   the adequacy of the main sources of retirement income for women, and

                 (v)   what measures would provide women with access to adequate and secure retirement incomes, including:

                  ( a )   assistance to employers to assist female employees’ superannuation savings, and

                  ( b )   government assistance, with reference to the success of previous schemes.