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Government Inaction On Sexual Harrassment: Survey

By Office of Susan Templeman MP - Federal Member for Macquarie
Archived 31 Oct 2021 - Posted: 1 Sep 2021
A new survey that included Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury residents shows the majority of people believe the Federal Government has failed to take sufficient action to address sexual harassment in the workplace, Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman has said.

Polling conducted by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) showed more than half of all voters in the key marginal seats of Macquarie, Chisholm in Victoria and Bass in Tasmania believe the Morrison Government hasn’t done enough to help reduce sexual harassment in workplaces.

“This survey was timely given a Bill to implement the Morrison-Joyce Government’s half-hearted response to Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ landmark Respect@Work report was due to be debated in this sitting of Parliament,” Ms Templeman said.

“The Australian Human Rights Commission’s most recent survey disturbingly showed one in three people experienced sexual harassment at work in the past five years. The report makes clear that our current sexual harassment laws are failing Australians.

“And according to this polling, a huge proportion of people in these three areas – 83.2 per cent - think the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace is important or very important.

“But Mr Morrison continues to fail to take the report seriously, and is proposing to implement just 6 of the 55 urgent recommendations for change.”

Nearly 1000 Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury residents were included in the survey.

Major reforms put forward by the report but excluded by the government includes a prohibition on sexual harassment at work supported by an easy complaints process in the Fair Work Commission, and a positive duty on employers to actively take steps to stamp out sexual harassment.

“The majority of voters (55.9 per cent) in these three seats wanted the Morrison Government to act on all of the reforms recommended by the Respect@Work report,” Ms Templeman said.

“Mr Morrison’s half measures won’t do. All of the report’s recommendations should be implemented.”

 

Polling data was aggregated across the three seats, the ACTU stated.

 
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