The National Council office of the St Vincent de Paul Society marked International Women's Day (Wednesday 8 March), with a call on the Commonwealth government to reverse its cuts to women's incomes and services.
CEO Dr John Falzon told ABC Newsradio cuts to income support, the family tax benefit, sole parent benefits, unemployment benefits and homelessness services, to name a few, were disproportionately affecting women.
Dr Falzon believes women will also bear the brunt of a decision by the Fair Work Commission to reduce weekend penalty rates in certain industries.
"All the rhetoric in the world around the Government's support for International Women's Day pales into insignificance next to these concrete cuts to women's incomes and women's services," he said.
Dr Falzon also called for the inclusion of domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards.
"This would be enormously significant, in ensuring that domestic violence leave is embedded in employment standards across all workplaces in Australia."
A full recording of the interview can be downloaded here.