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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Page: 4029


Senator WATERS (Queensland) (12:40): I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the current gender pay gap of approximately 17.5 per cent in Australia,

(ii) recognition by industry of the need to address the gender pay gap,

(iii) support by key industry figures for current gender equality reporting requirements within Schedule 1 of the Workplace Gender Equality (Matters in relation to Gender Equality Indicators) Instrument 2013 (the Instrument) under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012,

(iv) the Government's deferral of increases to gender equality reporting matters by delaying the commencement of Schedule 2 of the Instrument in order to consult industry, and

(v) that such consultation on gender equality reporting requirements is currently underway; and

(b) calls on the Government to retain the existing gender equality reporting requirements contained in Schedule 1 of the Instrument.