Labor leader Anthony Albanese has promised to put women at the center of the budget response speech Thursday night as the opposition is trying to overtake the government.
Prior to his speech to Congress, Albanese outlined the need for “serious economic change” to address the wage and labor participation concerns women face.
This response took place on Tuesday night after the Union announced $ 3.4 billion for women’s economic participation in the federal budget and personal security.
A women-focused splash of money follows pressure on the government after thousands of women marched out of parliament in March demanding action against inequality and gender-based violence.
Albanese accused the government’s budget response of “political control” rather than driving systematic change in women.
“We need serious economic change,” Albanese said Thursday in a speech to a women’s budget statement to the Labor Party’s Caucus.
“The way to grow the economy is to help women participate in the economy.”
Albanese’s budget response speech is expected to include new initiatives on initiatives for women as well as renewable energy, as well as ideas to help young people create new start-ups.
Workers announced last year that they would offer universal childcare subsidies as the centerpiece of budget responses to support women’s financial participation in the workforce.
In a clear reaction, the federal government has announced a five-year commitment of $ 1.7 billion to increase childcare subsidies for families with multiple children in this year’s budget.
The new measures, which will come into effect next year, are specifically targeted at low- and middle-income households with an annual income of $ 130,000 or less, but fall short of the universal commitment of workers to raise children.
The Labor Party claims that the plan will improve 92% of families, but the coalition states that the response is more targeted at families in need.
The Union budget also outlines $ 1.1 billion in funding for security initiatives to tackle violence and harassment. This includes $ 261.4 million in front-line services and initiatives under a two-year agreement between states and territories.
While issuing a women’s budget statement prior to replying to the budget, Albanese recognized the need for action to address gender-based violence.
“Tonight, women will appear in shelters with their children and will be turned away because there is no space for them,” he told the Caucus.
“And they will face the choice of sleeping in the car or returning to a dangerous situation. It happens every night, so we know it will happen.”
Albanese will also unveil a new program to encourage youth entrepreneurship in emerging economies.
We provide 2000 students with the opportunity to turn their ideas into future businesses with guidance from university and private incubators.
Workers are trying to differentiate themselves from the coalition by finding ways to increase productivity, raise wages and create opportunities for Australians to enter the workforce.
Shadow Treasury Jim Chalmers said more action is needed to address the “substantial and long-standing gender inequality” faced by women in Australian society.
“Tuesday night’s budget missed a big opportunity, but it was probably just an opportunity to deal with that gender inequality,” he told Labor Caucus.
According to the latest ABS labor report in March, the labor force participation rate for women was 61.8%, while that for men was 70.9%.
The federal budget submitted on Tuesday also predicts real wage cuts for the next two fiscal years before inflation and wage growth reach equal levels in 2022/23 and 2023/24.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said wages will continue to improve as Australia’s economic recovery recovers.
“As long as the economy is good, we continue to support Australians and ensure Australia’s recovery, wages in the country will continue to improve,” he said.
With additional reports from AAP.