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PM's law change discriminatory and sexist

"Helen Clark's latest legislative threat could be extremely damaging to women in the business world," National's spokesperson for Women's Affairs, Anne Tolley said today.

"The introduction of legislation to enforce a quota of women in senior management in the private sector, as promised by Helen Clark , is discriminatory and sexist," said Mrs Tolley.

"In fact, if it didn't have such serious implications for business women, it would be quite hilarious.

"How does she propose to police this legislation? If the business doesn't comply with the quota for female managers, do they pay a higher tax rate?

"Or perhaps we set up a new department to go around the country policing and prosecuting businesses? Or maybe the unions target the business for special strikes? What sort of Government do we have here?

"Proposals like this are demeaning for women, and jeopardise the many professional, capable and talented women who are working in the private sector.

"There is evidence that women are deliberately choosing not to climb the corporate ladder. Many are setting up their own very successful businesses, or putting their career on hold until their children are older. Whatever, women must have the right of choice, and discriminatory legislation will only interfere with that choice."

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