A Fair Economy
I believe our economy should serve its people. Labor will always work for an economy that is both strong and fair. We can deliver growth, efficiency and social justice when we provide quality education and training, support industries to provide jobs that are fairly paid and stable, and recognise the distinct needs of regional Australia, all while embracing the potential of technology and innovation. Australia is at its best when the benefits of economic growth are there for all to share.
Labor welcomes the Senate’s support for an inquiry by the Finance and Public Administration Committee into the government’s digital transformation program. The government’s spending on digital transformation and ICT has doubled since it came to office.
This government is at war with the young, from cuts to education funding through to a deliberate attempt to sabotage any meaningful action on climate change. This government shows every time that the only thing it cares about less than young people's present is their future.
Today Labor is calling on the Senate to set up an inquiry into the Turnbull Government’s beleaguered digital transformation efforts. During its time in government, the Coalition has doubled its digital spend to $10 billion but witnessed digital project after digital project run into trouble.
I rise to speak on the Productivity Commission Amendment (Reducing Inequality) Bill 2017. This Bill places inequality firmly on the agenda of one of our country’s most influential economic policy institutions.
The advice that we’re getting, is that more equal societies are likely to grow more quickly... this issue of inequality. I think it is one of the defining differences between the Labor Party and the Coalition parties at this point in time. We see the Coalition parties consistently putting forward policies that advantage only the wealthy, or punish only working and middle class Australians.
A Senate Committee is calling for a target to close the gender pay gap. Chair of the Committee Senator Jenny McAllister said “It is time to do more than just measure the gender pay gap. It is time to take action.”
Men and women lead very different lives. Most working men are full time. Most working women are part time. Women live longer. They spend differently. They have different investment preferences. And importantly, most women earn significantly less than most men, and they possess substantially less wealth.