In this week’s hip pocket money news.
A new study finds that Australia doesn’t rank as highly on equality for girls as many of us would like to think.
According to a new report by international children’s rights group Save the Children, Australia ranked 21 out of 144 countries with Sweden at the top of the list.
The issues holding Australia according to a news.com.au report included that there aren’t many women represented in our Parliament and that the country has a high teen pregnancy rate.
On top of that the majority of the young girls surveyed said they felt they weren’t treated equal to boys when it comes to chores and opportunities.
Female tax discounted
A New York Pharmacy has taken equality into its own hands by providing a 7 per cent discount to all women that shop at its store.
According to news.com.au which cites a report from US website Gothamist, Thompson Chemists in upscale SoHo has placed two signs in its front windows which read: “All male customers are subject to a 7 per cent man tax,” and “All female customers shop tax free.”
The very public display is aimed at building publicity for the pharmacy while also drawing attention to the fact that women pay 7 per cent more for consumer goods in the US on average, as studies have highlighted.
The reaction has been mixed in social media, with some people praising the pharmacy for taking a stand, while others have called it out to be discriminatory against men.
Speaking of taxes, the United Nations health agency has called for countries to introduce a sugar tax to help fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
The idea has already been flagged in Australia after celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s success campaign efforts to have a sugar tax introduced in the Britain.
The sugar tax in Britain will be introduced in two years and will involve a levy on drinks with more than five grams of sugar per 100 millilitres.
Many of Australia’s sugarcane growers have argued against such as tax.