Leave the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 be

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Australian Employment Minister Eric Abetz, goaded by the Business Council of Australia and a couple of other large employer organisations complaining of "red tape", is going to the Australian Senate with a so-called legislative instrument that would circumvent the gender reporting requirements of the Workplace Gender Equality Act. The Act was due to come into effect on April 1 2014, with businesses employing more than 100 people required to report to the federal government on the gender breakdown of the workforce. Companies have had more than a year's notice in which to get their reporting procedures in place and most companies are ready to go.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott claims he is about increasing women's workforce participation. The winding back of the Act’s gender reporting gives lie to this claim.

Very few Australian companies make an effort to increase the numbers of women employees outside the glare of public reporting. How will we ever increase the number of women in leadership positions in Australian organisations if the gender composition of organisations is not monitored?

Please sign this petition to discourage Senator Abetz and the Australian Government from making any changes to the Workplace Gender Equality Act, and instead, letting the Act come into legislation as it now stands, on 1 April this year.

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