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Government agency sets new LGBTI ‘benchmark’

Chris Smith
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The Australian Taxation Office is lauding a new inclusion benchmark that encourages LGBTI staff to bring their “whole selves to work”.

Last year, a survey from the Australian Public Service Commission found three per cent of ATO employees identified as LGBTI.

This year’s Census data revealed the number had grown to 3.5 per cent.

The government agency has celebrated the increase, saying it proves their staff are “confident” to “bring their whole selves to work”.

The Courier Mail reports three per cent has become the ATO’s new “benchmark” figure for inclusion.

“We want to foster a workplace culture where LGBTI employees feel safe and comfortable in being themselves in the workplace, and where all staff are valued and respected,” the ATO has said.

Chris Smith is questioning how this “benchmark” will help the ATO pick the right people for jobs.

“It’s not going to help you find a suitable candidate,” he says.

“What it’s going to do is seriously narrow your choice, automatically wiping out a lot of people who would be well suited to do a proficient job.

“But you know what the real problem is with sexuality quotas? How do you regulate it?”

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Listener Sam has called in to tell Chris Smith he is transsex and isn’t on board with the move.

“The past few months I’ve been absolutely horrified over all this politically correct crap,” he says.

“For me, this is so degrading because if I went for a job and I got the job, I would be questioning did I get it because of my gender or did I get it because of my skills.”

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