Question 4 – Dr Parmjeet Parmar to the Minister for Women

Question 4 – Dr Parmjeet Parmar to the Minister for Women


about the progress of women in New Zealand mr. speaker the Honorable Parliament mr. speaker this government of course absolutely backs woman to succeed and the latest household labor force survey shows we have one of the highest ever labor force participation rates for women at sixty four point five percent this puts us fifth highest I must say in the OECD and well above the OECD average of 51 point nine percent and the number of unemployed woman of course is also down to four point nine percent supplementary mr. speaker supplementary question dr. perché Tiamo Thank You mr. speaker what progress are young women making under the national government mr. speaker the Honorable Paula Bennett mr. speaker young woman are in a better position than ever to seize the opportunity that this country has to offer them we have the lowest NEET rate for young women since we began measuring it in 2004 there are 57 percent fewer young mums on main benefits at the end of 2016 compared to 2009 down from 4,000 263 to 1836 and we have seen point of order the Honorable Joseph interrupting a Deputy Prime Minister there’s just so much noise on the other side somebody cannot hear was sent and order I was about to rise my feet there’s two or three serial offenders to my left who haven’t effectively been quite through our question time I don’t want to have to end see the end of for somebody parliamentary career with them having to leave in the last few days of the be here but if they’re going to continue to interject unreasonably and consistently then I’m afraid members of the Labour caucus will leave me no alternative the Honorable Paul of in it Mr Speaker I thought we’d be vibrating the successes of young women in this country and I want to add to this that we have seen the percentage of girls achieving NCEA level to increase from 70 point five percent in 2008 to 81 point seven percent and 2016 supplement requests not from entry question Robertson has the minister seen any reports of a 37 year old woman raised in morons Ville now living in point Chevalier making excellent progress mr. speaker I may have noticed that there’s been a bit of a change in the last week but as I say you can change the lead singer but of the band still singing the same old show [Applause] supplementary question dr. Pam jeepers thank you Thank You mr. speaker how is the public how is the public sector leading the way on promoting women well mr. speaker the Honorable Pallavi nur mr. speaker is minister of state services as well as Minister for woman I think it’s absolutely outstanding what the public sector are doing in by leading by example we now have the highest of a percentage of women on state sector boards at forty five point three percent we’re 45 percent of the top three tiers of leaders in the public service woman and 12 of our 29 and chief executives a woman and we are going to get back to 50 percent we have also of course ensured that 55,000 woman and our aged care sector have gotten on average more than 20 percent increase and via wages what a summary question food supplementary question right honorable Winston Peters if any of that is remotely true and this government’s doing so much for women why are they so prejudicial against young woman trying to get equal pay in a country where they think they’ve got a right to be paid equally the Honourable Paula Bennett well Mr Speaker I find that ironic coming from the man who wants to heart back to the good old days in the 1970s where women weren’t even working and poor Nevada water what a modest figure I’m just trying to get some solid so I can hear the point of order yes and the interests of a fair go for a young woman could the minister just answer the question and not try and be a smart aleck order order when I consider the tone of the question was asked there was an element of that in the tone of the question that gives a bit of license for the deputy Prime Minister’s the question the Honorable full of it mr. speaker what I will say that was a 1998 and in the early 2000s when that Minister was part of a government the gender pay gap was at sixteen point three percent it’s now at twelve percent and we’re bringing that down further [Music] [Applause] or a question number five grant Robertson thank you very much mr. speaker my question is to the Minister of Finance is he set us

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