Avoid pay rises if you want to help women’s economic security, government reckons

The government continues to oppose wage rises, especially for low-paid women, and relies on the claims of employer groups to do so.

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The government’s submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review is everything that is sneaky, visionless and economically ignorant about this government — and makes a mockery of its recent pretence of focusing on women.

It was only last week that Scott Morrison reshuffled his cabinet — an act described by Australian of the Year Grace Tame (showing more political smarts than many press gallery journalists) as a “superficial distraction” — and claimed a Damascene conversion on the gender issues he had been hoping would go away since February.

Among the distractions was the appointment of Jane Hume — whose most recent brainstorm had been to make domestic violence victims raid their super — as minister for “Women’s Economic Security”.

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