NT election: women’s economic freedom key to victory

Angela Tomazos, policy director for the Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women, said parties large and small were under pressure to prove how their policies could help women get, stay and thrive in the workplace. “We are 50 percent of the population, certainly we are a swing voter (force),” said Darwin resident Ms Tomazos. Ms Tomazos said that a key to women’s success is universal childcare. She said the Grattan Institute found that a $5 billion increase in childcare benefits would generate $11 billion in Australia’s gross domestic product growth. Connie Jape, director of Jape Furnishing Superstore, said relieving the pressure at home would help women excel in their workplaces. The 57-year-old businesswoman said that in her “young years” childcare was a big deal, but now that her children were adults, she concentrated on taking care of her elderly parents. Ms Jape said whether babies or grandparents, women often mantle the care responsibilities. “It depends on which side of the coming you’re on — children or the elderly,” Ms Jape said. “We have to make sure that the house is taken care of, and therefore the business in general.” In addition to child and elderly care, Ms Jape said her election choice would be affected by the ongoing Covid response, visa and immigration issues and staff shortages.

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