The public discourse on pay gaps, parades, politics and pop culture
05.03.2024

Written by Alexandra Robins

Gender pay gap report released 

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency has published base salary and total remuneration median pay gaps for Australian private sector companies with 100 or more employees. For the first time, the data discloses the names of the employers.  

Nationally, the gender pay gap sits at 19 per cent. This means that, over the course of a year, the median pay for women is $18,461 less than the median pay for men. Minister for Women, Senator Katy Gallagher, has said the publication of transparent employer pay gap data is a pivotal moment for gender equality in Australia.  

Sydney Mardi Gras requests NSW Police not take part in parade 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras board requested New South Wales Police not to march in last Saturday’s parade, given the distress it could cause the LGBTQIA+ community, devastated by the recent loss of Luke Davies and Jesse Baird.  

After further discussions, the Mardi Gras board reversed its decision, stating NSW Police officers would be allowed to take part, but not in uniform. The outcome demonstrates the commitment from both organisations to strengthen the relationship between the two communities.  

Scott Morrison delivers final speech in Parliament 

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave his final speech to Parliament after more than 16 years in politics. Morrison thanked his family and colleagues, including current Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese. Following warnings about China, he took to playing ‘Taylor Swift bingo’ reading a poem he had written with the pop singers album titles at the request of his daughters. Scott Morrison’s departure from federal politics will trigger a by-election in his previous seat of Cook, but a date has not yet been set. 

Sparks Fly: Aussie brands that jumped on the Taylor Swift bandwagon 

As ‘Swift-mania’ took over Australia during Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, companies took no time capitalising on her presence with many creative campaigns showcasing how the power of pop culture can ensure brand relevancy. 

Twisties took their love to the heavens, skywriting ‘Twifties’ – the mashup of Twisties and Swifties. Transport for NSW got in on the action, running the ‘Tay Tay Express’, and Tim Tams released a special pack of “Tay Tams” for her tour. MCoBeauty, known for its makeup product dupes, featured a Swift dupe which went viral online.  

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