The Morrison government has promised changes to make Australia’s workplace safer, but critics say the plan isn’t advanced enough to combat sexual harassment.
The government has released a response to the Respect at Work report, promising that politicians and judges will be subject to the same law as Australians.
Sexual harassment is a legitimate reason for dismissal and is included in the definition of serious workplace misconduct.
Victims can also file a complaint in two years instead of six months.
However, the government did not promise to implement all 55 recommendations.
Women’s Deputy Minister Amanda Stalker states that she will support women in either precise terms or spirit.
In some cases, the government is divided on how Kate Jenkins of the Sexism Commission, who conducted the report, recommended that they occur.
“We know where you are coming from, but we’re going to do it a little differently,” Senator Stalker told ABC Thursday.
One recommendation is to change the sex discrimination law to force all employers to take proactive steps to eliminate that behavior.
However, the government has only promised to assess whether the change creates complexity and is aware of similar provisions of the Industrial Safety and Health Act.
The Commission on Human Rights was also required to have broad authority to investigate systematic harassment.
While announcing Thursday’s response, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said sexual harassment was unacceptable.
Workers have abandoned Queensland Parliamentarian Andrew Laming and challenged him to show that he is taking those words seriously.
Dr. Ramming is on paid vacation to do empathy training After being accused of harassing two female members I took a picture of a woman bending over.
He will resign in the next election, but Morrison resisted the call to abandon him from the coalition’s room because the government holds a very thin majority in the lower house.
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally said Morrison’s reaction to the report could not be taken seriously while Dr. Ramming was a member of the government.
“Stop protecting Andrew Ramming,” she told reporters in Sydney.
Workers are also calling on the government to introduce 10 days of paid domestic violence leave.
Samantha Manwana, Head of Employment Law at Shine Royals, said it was important for the government to enact report recommendations.
Michele O’Neil, chairman of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, is concerned that the response has not been sufficiently advanced.
“This is a roadmap with big potholes, and unfortunately sexual harassment victims (many women and some men) will go through those holes,” she told ABC.