After Two Months, Still No Sex Discrimination Commissioner Appointed

The Liberal Government has now left the position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner vacant for more than two months.

THE HON. MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

 

 

AFTER TWO MONTHS, STILL NO SEX DISCRIMINATION COMMISSIONER APPOINTED

 

The Liberal Government has now left the position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner vacant for more than two months.

 

During today’s Question Time in the Senate, the Attorney-General confirmed that the position of the Human Right’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner still remains vacant despite his promise three weeks ago that “an appointment will be made shortly”.

 

The Liberal Government received twelve months’ notice of Ms Broderick’s departure, but clearly don’t consider this important role a high priority.

 

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner plays a vital role in advocating gender equality and does crucial work on the prevention of domestic violence, among other issues.

 

The Government must not neglect this position while one in four Australian women experience violence at the hands of a partner, while the national gender pay gap sits at 17.9 per cent, and while only 24 per cent of Board Directors and 17 per cent of CEOs are women.

 

There is no excuse for the Government’s delay. Labor calls on the Government to immediately fill the position of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner so that the important work done by former Commissioner Broderick can be continued by a new appointee.

 

THURSDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2015