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“Long overdue”: Retail industry reacts to Budget supports for women

More than a year into a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted women, the Australian government has announced significant financial investment in issues affecting women. The 2021-2022 Budget includes $1.1 billion for women’s safety measures, $20.5 million to prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment and $1.9 billion to address the gender pay gap, among the measures. With women occupying 55.2 per cent of roles in the retail industry, according to the latest ABS figures, it’s a