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ACT Budget fails Canberra's Women

Friday 29 October 2021

Estimates hearings this afternoon have exposed the Labor-Greens Government’s lazy and careless public policy approach to making Canberra more friendly for women and non-binary people.

Shadow Minister for Women Nicole Lawder has questioned the Minister for Women on the 2021-22 Women’s Budget Statement, which attempted to assert that road upgrades in Pialligo were part of a program to improve gender responsive infrastructure.

“This Women’s Budget Statement is an insult to every woman in Canberra,” Ms Lawder says. 

“There is no analysis on how budget initiatives impact women, as a proper women’s budget statement should.

“All that was released was a glossy government brochure so the Minister can say she’s delivered for women, when the reality is that there is nothing in the Labor-Green Government’s budget for women.

“The fact that upgrades to Beltana and Kalaroo Roads in Pialligo are listed under ‘safety in our community’ is a joke. These roads aren’t getting upgraded because women feel unsafe there, these roads are getting upgraded because the Labor-Greens Government has neglected them for years. 

“It’s a sad excuse of a statement to hide the fact that this government is delivering nothing for Canberra women.

“This Budget also awards $700,000 for progressing gender equality in construction to the CFMEU over five years – an organisation whose board is exclusively male. 

“If this Labor-Greens Government is serious about an inclusive city they’ve got to stop pushing lazy policy and make a genuine investment in programs that make Canberra a better place for women and non-binary people,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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