The Morrison Government’s “Roadmap for Respect” response to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s “Respect@Work” report is a missed opportunity to demonstrate that the Government has been listening to the thousands of women who have experienced sexual harassment at work.

Quotes attributable to Julia Angrisano, National Secretary, Finance Sector Union:

“The Morrison Government’s “Roadmap to Respect” report falls short on delivering the changes demanded by the “Respect@Work” report.”

“The Morrison Government sat on the report by 12 months, and today they have delivered a report that has ignored key recommendations by the Commissioner for stronger powers to investigate, new regulations under Work Health and Safety Laws, and changes to the Fair Work Act.”

“What changes behavior is knowing that you have rights and that there are consequences for your actions. We need legislative changes that will drive permanent changes.”

“The Government talks about a Roadmap to Respect but this is full of potholes and many workers will continue to fall through the gaps.”

“If you want to know how seriously the Morrison Government is responding to Australian women all you need to do is follow the money. The investment to establish the Respect@Work council and fund these recommendations is 0.3% of the investment in the Homebuilder program – that should tell you everything you need to know about how seriously this is being taken.”

“The Morrison Government’s refusal to legislate so that employers have a duty to prevent sexual harassment on the basis that it already exists demonstrates that this response has been prepared on the run, by a Government that was pushed into action, with little or no understanding of how things work in the real world.”

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Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary