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To: Prime Minister, Scott Morrison
Tell Morrison he can’t walk away from women
Time and time again, Australia has seen Scott Morrison refuse to accept responsibility for his failure to take action when needed.
There's two key actions he could take right now that would improve the lives of millions of Australians:
1) Amend the Sex Discrimination Act to include a positive duty on employers to take reasonable measures to eliminate sexual harassment at work.
2) Legislate 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave for all Australian workers.
Why is this important?
Almost 40% of women report being sexual harassed at their workplace. And only 17% of women feel they are able to report this harassment. The Sex Discrimination Commissioner's Respect@Work recommendations made clear what needed to be done. She recommended that the Sex Discrimination Act be amended to include a positive duty on employers to take reasonable measures to eliminate sexual harassment at work.
Tragically, an average of one woman each week is murdered by a current or ex-partner. Access to paid leave is a real barrier to women being able to escape family and domestic violence. There is only one way to make sure all women have this workplace right. Morrison could act today to legislate for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave for all Australian workers, but once again he has walked away from doing so.
Women deserve better. Australia deserves better. Tell Morrison he can’t walk away from women.