Last week Labor launched the most comprehensive women's policy platform that any Opposition has taken in to a federal election. Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek, Kooyong candidate Jana Stewart, and Labor Leader Bill Shorten presented Australian Women - Labor's Plan for Equality. In addition to being on track to elect the first ever gender balanced government a few highlights in this extensive strategy include:
- A $660 million investment in the Fourth Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children
- Legislated 10 days of paid leave for family violence victims
- A National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy improving access to terminations in public hospitals
- $400 million to boost women’s superannuation
- Closing the gender pay gap by making large employers publicly report their pay gap, banning pay secrecy clauses, and strengthening the ability of the Fair Work Commission to order pay increases for workers in female dominated industries
Labor has also announced a $4 billion plan for free or low cost childcare and wage increase for early childhood educators of 20% over eight years.