Government spin on gender equality

I NOTICED that the Workplace Gender Equality Agency's (WGEA) 2012 report made much of the fact there was an alleged earnings gap between men and women who recently graduated from university.

It's typical of a government agency to spin the facts to suit themselves.

WGEA isn't alone in this as the Climate Commission does the same thing.

Figures can be manipulated until they are made to suit the purposes of the authors.

The fact is that by law, women and men must be paid equal pay for work of equal value.

No employer is going to pay women less as this is against the law and, besides, his female employees will sue his pants off for discrimination.

For the record, male graduates are usually higher qualified in the areas highlighted in the report such as architecture, and have a greater propensity to take on more demanding work which in turn attracts higher wages and more overtime.

It's about time WGEA stopped presenting misleading statements in order to justify its existence.

WGEA conveniently overlooks the fact that men are the bulk of the unemployed, work in the most dangerous jobs, and many more men than women are injured or die as the result of workplace accidents.

ALAN BARRON

Grovedale

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