18 July 2011

Canberra women talking tax

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You’ve all heard the statistics about women’s workforce participation being lower than men’s, lower average weekly pay, and less superannuation on retirement. Some economists have said that tax and transfer systems are contributing to these problems. Canberra women will have an opportunity to tell their story and contribute to discussion of solutions at a consultation on Friday 22 July.

When women consider whether and how much paid work they can do, they might look at how it affects Family Tax Benefit, childcare costs, getting respite care for disabled or elderly family, tax rates and part time or casual work, and lots more. The recent carbon package announcements included changes to income tax free thresholds and Family Tax Benefit, and women might want to discuss how this would affect them.

The National Foundation for Australian Women are holding consultations around Australia for the National Women’s Alliances. Consultations are taking place in Canberra, Parramatta, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Albury, and Adelaide during July and August.

Questions that women will be asked at the consultations include:

* How do tax, childcare subsidies, and Family Tax Benefit affect their decisions?
* Will they have enough superannuation on retirement?
* What can Government do to make it easier to participate in paid work?

The Canberra consultation takes place from 12pm til 2pm at Unions ACT, Flemington Road, Mitchell on Friday 22 July 2011. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Please visit www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/tax or phone Emma on 6230 5152 to RSVP for catering, and receive the background paper.

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Awww, from reading the headline in my RSS feed I thought we were planning to tax women for talking. Could have made a bundle too….

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