Gender neutral policies are a myth: why we need a women’s budget

13 May 2017 2:43 PM | Jean Murray (Administrator)

The Conversation: Professor Miranda Stewart, Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Australia was a pioneer in gender budget analysis. From 1983 to 2013, the federal government produced a Women’s Budget Statement, while state and territory governments were also among the first in the world to scrutinise annual budgets for their impact on women and girlsBut in recent years we have fallen behind. In a 2014 OECD study, the Australian Government compared poorly on gender analysis. The study found that, apart from the occasional specific programs, Australia had no systematic process to assess the impact on women and men of taxing, spending or government programs, either before or after the government enacts legislation, appropriates funds or initiates policy.

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