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Rubenstein pledges agenda for women’s safety

INDEPENDENT ACT Senate candidate Kim Rubenstein has today (May 12) called for an overhaul of federal policies and spending to deliver safer environments for women.

Kim Rubenstein. Photo: Holly Treadaway.

Professor Rubenstein said the Government needed to prioritise a comprehensive strategy to promote and resource gender equality in homes and workplaces – and ensure children grew up in an environment that was respectful of women and their rights.

“Women’s safety is directly related to gender equity. Supporting women at home and at work will improve the lives of all Australians and this must be a priority of Government,” she says.

She pledged to press immediately as an Independent Senator for a package of reforms including:

  • 26 weeks of shared paid parental leave
  • Universal childcare and properly resourced early childhood education
  • Incentives to expand participation of men in occupations such as nursing, teaching and caring and to encourage women into male-dominated jobs and leadership in all workplaces
  • A full time Minister for Women and equal cabinet representation for women
  • Funding to rebuild the Office for Women and empower it to lead change
  • Urgent steps to implement all 28 recommendations of the Jenkins inquiry to end the toxic and dangerous workplace culture at Parliament House

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