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A gender lens on the 2017-18 federal budget

The National Foundation for Australian Women has released (9.5.17) an analysis of this year’s federal budget and its impact upon women in terms of social and economic policies.

‘The National Foundation of Australian Women (NFAW) today released the 2017-18 Gender Lens of The Budget analysing the 2017-18 Budget and its specific impacts on women.

‘”Gender-based analysis identifies the ways in which public policies affect men and women differently through the use of data and allows Government to better tailor the development of its program,” chair of the NFAW Social Policy Committee, Marie Coleman said.

‘Australia was once a world leader in gender budgeting, introducing the first Women’s Budget Statement in 1984. In 2014 the Government abolished the Women’s Budget and since then the NFAW has produced a Budget Gender Lens to analyse the impact of the Budget on women.

‘”The 2017-18 Budget is a mixed bag for women with some great wins – paid parental leave and housing – but some large losses in taxation, higher education and welfare,” Marie Coleman stated.

‘”If we are to encourage more women to work there is an urgent need to address the strong disincentives for second income earners in families with children from participating fully in the workforce.”‘

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