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How to make the budget less sexist 376.42 KB

Budgets show the priorities that governments are willing to spend money on and those they are not. Helping women take paid maternity leave, helping parents pay for childcare, helping women earn as much as men, helping women find refuge from domestic violence or recover from domestic or sexual violence, or helping women to retire as comfortably as men have simply not been priorities of the federal government for the last seven years.

This paper sets out a number of key areas in which government spending and government policy, clearly advantage men at the expense of women. As economists, the authors have no specific insight into what combination of government policies would be ‘fair’, but what they can do is highlight the nature and extent of the gender inequality that flows from some major areas of government policy.

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