Equality for Women

Every day I am reminded that Australian women have so much to contribute, and that our workplaces and communities do not always recognise and support this. There is much to do to fight family violence and address structural unfairness in the workforce. My goal is that Australian women and girls, those already in the workforce, the carers, and the elderly, live with equality, dignity and safety.

Mavis Robertson Address to the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds 2016

3.20pm | November 29, 2016

I’d like to start by acknowledging that we meet on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people. I pay my respects to their elders, past and present. I would like to acknowledge the family of Mavis Robertson – it is a great honour to give the address which bears her name.

Media Release: Gender Pay Gap

6.10pm | November 16, 2016

Today's release by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency of Australia's Gender Equality Scorecard has highlighted the persistent and enduring gap between men and women’s wages and confirms that Australia’s workforce is as gender segregated as it was twenty years ago.

Opinion Editorial: Automation Will Embed Gender Inequality at Work - Unless We Fix It Now

9.00am | November 09, 2016

Predictions about the future tend to run to the extremes. Some people think that artificial intelligence will liberate us from work, leaving us to a life of leisure, self-driving cars, and Wi-Fi-enabled kettles. Others think robots will steal our jobs, ushering in dystopian levels of unemployment. Like all things, the reality is likely to be something in between.

Address to the Australian Education Union on Women's Economic security

2.05pm | October 08, 2016

I wanted to start by thanking you all for the important work you do as delegates. I hardly need to say that the work you do as educators is important. But that work depends on the extra work you have all taken on to safeguard the working conditions of yourselves and your colleagues. 

McAllister and Ketter Media Release: A Husband is Not a Retirement Plan - Report from the Economic Security for Women in Retirement Inquiry

12.00pm | April 28, 2016

The Senate Inquiry into the Economic Security of Women in Retirement has found that if action is not taken now, women currently aged 25-29 will still face a less secure retirement than men of the same age when they retire in 2055. The Inquiry’s final report has been released today and provides 19 recommendations that, if implemented, would narrow the gap between men and women’s retirement security.  

Speech in Parliament on International Women’s Day

2.05pm | March 01, 2016

I rise to mark International Women's Day, which is celebrated this year, as it always is, on 8 March. It is important to start by acknowledging the origins of International Women's Day. 

Speech in Parliament on the appointment of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner

2.10pm | February 29, 2016

I rise to take note of the document entitled ‘Minister for Women (Senator Cash) to a resolution of the Senate of 3 February 2016 concerning the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’.

Speech in Parliament on violence against women

2.12pm | September 16, 2015

Domestic violence is once again on the public agenda. I am glad that we are talking about it, but I am saddened that we have to talk about it. I am saddened and horrified by the tragedies that occurred late last week that wrenched our attention, once again, to a problem that is ordinarily in society's peripheral vision. It is something we are aware of but do not look at.

Address to 2014 National Labor Women’s Conference on women’s leadership

2.42pm | August 02, 2014

As we renew, Labor need leaders. We need intellectual leadership, we need political and organisational leadership and as always we need parliamentary leadership.

In this context, women’s leadership is not only right and just and fair – it is essential. 

Labor Women In Parliament: A country mile in front of the Country Party and a mile ahead of the Libs

12.00pm | May 11, 2013

The Daily Telegraph asked me to comment yesterday on the representation of women in the parliament.

The Tele’s request prompted me to compare our performance with the conservative parties, who’ve consistently attacked our affirmative action rule. They do so again in today’s paper.