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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · THE SENATE

- S E N A T O R K A R IN 5 0 W A D A

Australian Democrat Senator for N ew South Wales

A N Z McCaughan House

5 6 -7 0 Phillip Street

Parliament House

SYDNEY N S W 2000

(G PO Box 36, Sydney 2001)

CANBERRA AC T 2600

Telephone: (06) 277 3454

Facsimile: (06) 277 3235

Telephone: (02) 252 2222

Facsimile: (02) 252 2226

MEDIA RELEASE 2 March, 1992 CANBERRA 92/99

NO JOBS FOR WOMEN IN ECONOMIC STATEMENT

"Jobs for women have been ignored in the Keating Economic

Statement," said Senator Karin Sowada, NSW Australian Democrat Industry spokesperson.

"Given the high level of gender segregation in the Australian workforce, one of the highest in the world, job opportunities for women in public infrastructure construction, s;uch as roads and rail, will be clearly limited."

"There appears to be little assistance for the 353,00 women looking for full-time or part-time work, or for the 103,000 women who have given up in disgust," said Senator Sowada.

In the Textile, Clothing and Footwear industries, where women predominate, 30,000 jobs have been lost in the last 18 months. Women have been condemned to the unemployment scrap heap and in fact, as far as women are concerned, I would call_ it an

'Unemployment Statement'" Senator Sowada said.

"The ACTU and the Clothing Industry unions have strongly lobbied the Federal Government to place a temporary freeze on tariff cuts in the TCF industries because of the devastating social and economic impact of job losses in depressed areas, but their attempts have failed.

The Democrats do not, as the Minister implied, call for the abandonment of tariff reduction, we only call for a temporary freeze until the economy improves and the job market becomes buoyant enough to soak up those presently unemployed.

"Unfortunately, the only jobs which will be created for women by the Economic Statement, appear to be as waitresses and

chambermaids for the tourism industry!

FOR INFORMATION: SENATOR KARIN SOWADA (06) 277 5899

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