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Mary Delahunty

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Victoria Community > Gender Equality
To investigate campaigns for gender equity reforms in international retirement systems - Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, USA, Chile
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Key learnings

  • Pension systems that were built on a traditional solidarity model include better measures for gender equity than those focussed on the individual and do not need public campaigns to prosecute an equity argument. 
  • Australia is well placed to be a leader in world wide best practice if we harness this opportunity to develop real, universal structural equity measures for women. 

Conclusions and recommendations

  1. That a commission be established to examine equity reforms and have the scope to explore all drivers including taxation reform, targeted gender equity measures, the operation of the investment structures of superannuation and the future vision of the interplay between the pillars. 
  2. That the government make a commitment to the use of a voucher system for women on the birth of a child and that further exploration is conducted on the valuation of caring roles beyond childbirth. 
  3. That the nation recognise the social pillar as an integral part of our commitment to dignity in retirement and focus ensure the sustainability of this pillar through changes to the subsidies in the second pillar. 
  4. That the labour movement, the feminist movement, the financial press and industry participants work to satisfy themselves that the solution to the gender retirement gap will not and should not be solved by those detrimentally experiencing the effects of it. This is not a woman's problem, it is a national problem.
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