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Hon Judi Moylan MP

Minister for the Status of Women






Embargoed until 1930 12 May 1998


The 1998 Budget would continue to build on the strong foundation of Coalition

Government policies already in place in a way which recognises the responsibilities and ambitions of Australian women, the Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon Judi Moylan MP said today.


“The Federal Government has put into place very strong initiatives which will generate real improvements for individual Australians,” the Minister said.


“Women deserve to be properly rewarded for their efforts including recognition and most importantly, respect for their contribution to rearing children while supporting their communities in paid and unpaid work.


“They also deserve their security to be safeguarded.


“Our Government recognises the needs and interests of women as integral to the well-being of the Australian community and seeks to ensure they are incorporated across the range of government policies and activities.


“In this Budget, women will benefit from initiatives across a range of portfolios including:


·  new and fairer income tests for the Commonwealth Senior’s Health Card at a cost of $191 million over four years, including simplification of the eligibility test;


·  a $24.3 million Rural Multipurpose Health and Family Service Network to help rural and remote families receive the same access to services as other Australian women, men and children;


·  the provision of operational funding for national women’s non-government organisations (NGO) of up to $50 000 per NGO from a pool of $500 000;


·  a $13 million initiative over four years to build partnerships between business and communities to improve the quality of life for all Australians;


“More recently, the Government announced initiatives which addressed the adequacy of support for carers, the majority of whom are women, the development of greater flexibility in superannuation and the provision of an emergency cash payment which will help women escaping domestic violence,” Mrs Moylan said.


“The Government also recognises the importance of including women in leadership and decision-making.


“Initiatives to improve the representation of women at Commonwealth board level have also been introduced.


“Young women are demonstrating their increasing contribution to the nation with outstanding achievements in sport, business, public life, the arts and many other fields of endeavour.


“They will benefit from reforms to superannuation and the Government’s forward-looking approach to education, job search and training programmes,” Mrs Moylan added.


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