Qld opposition: domestic violence rates still too high
The Queensland opposition has accused the state government of failing to keep women safe following an "alarming" report on domestic violence.
The Liberal Nationals' spokeswoman for domestic and family violence prevention, Amanda Camm, pointed to the release of data this week that showed a 15 per cent increase in breaches of domestic violence orders in the past 12 months.
"But what was so alarming is the increase in domestic violence orders, and in particular, the breach of domestic violence orders," she said on Saturday.
"In the last 12 months we'e seen an increase of 15 per cent in breaches of DV orders."
Ms Camm also accused Labor of failing to implement recommendations that came from the landmark women's safety task force report released almost a year ago.
She said the government not appointing a full-time implementation supervisor to oversee reforms to protect women and families from violence had left many people behind.
"It demonstrates they make announcements, but yet have no plans to deliver. Queenslanders are not being kept safe," Ms Camm said.
She also highlighted Queensland's gender pay gap, which sits at 15.6 per cent, higher than the national average.
Her comments came as the state's attorney-general and minister for women, Shannon Fentiman, released the 2022 Annual Queensland Women's Statement and the 2022 Gender Equality Report Cards.
Ms Fentiman said the state's gender pay gap had narrowed in the past 12 months from 15.8 per cent to 15.6 per cent.
"We know, having more women working in male-dominated industries is crucial if we are to achieve gender equality, so it's fantastic to see an increase in women taking on more diverse careers," she said.
"It's also encouraging to see the gender pay gap closing but the disparity remains far too great, and we need to continue to work harder to bridge that divide as soon as possible."
A federal government report card unveiled on International Women's Day on March 8 highlighted a national 13 per cent gender pay gap for full-time weekly wages.
Women also do nine hours more unpaid work per week, but almost a third of Australian men don't believe gender inequality exists.
Recommendations from the federal government's women's economic equality task force will include a submission to pay superannuation on paid parental leave.
An analysis by industry fund Hesta this week found women had missed out on more than $2.8 billion in super in the 12 years since Australia's paid parental leave scheme was introduced.
Other recommendations include the abolition of the activity test, which links subsidised childcare hours to how much parents work, increased rent assistance, the removal of mutual obligations for welfare recipients and pay rises for early childhood educators.