The Australian Taxation Office has introduced a three per cent inclusion benchmark to encourage its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees to feel confident in bringing “their whole selves to work’.”
The Conservative Party deplores this kind of tokenistic indulgence which achieves little except promoting divisive identity politics in the workplace.
A question asking employees if they identified as LGBT was included in the Australian Public Service Commission’s annual survey for the first time last year.
The government agency said it valued employee diversity and said all staff deserved to be “themselves in the workplace”.
“We want to foster a workplace culture where LGBTI employees feel safe and comfortable in being themselves in the workplace.”
Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert said the three per cent target was a “benchmark against which future statistics can be compared” after the ATO began recording last year whether staff self-identified as LGBT.
The ATO said LGBT visibility had increased within the organisation by half a per cent since the question was introduced.
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