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Equal Pay Day

That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 1 September 2009 marked Equal Pay Day, almost 40 years after women formally achieved the right to equal pay, and
(ii) women have to work more than 2 months more to earn the same as men in an ordinary year;
(b) recognises that:
(i) women working full-time in Australia continue to earn, on average, approximately 17 per cent less than men, and
(ii) not only do women earn less than men on average, they can expect on average half the superannuation of men in retirement; and
(c) calls on the Rudd Government to work towards the abolition of unequal pay, through a genuine commitment to the true valuing of women’s work and creating real choices and opportunities for women in the workplace.

Motion carried on the voices of the Senate.

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