Want to reduce the gender pay gap? Tax the rich more

In almost every debate about the gender pay gap, the blame tends to fall on the nation’s male employers.

It goes something like: Why aren’t those well-paid male CEOs appointing more women to senior management and boards? Why aren’t workplaces more flexible? Why aren’t they meeting diversity targets?

CEOs and boards shouldn’t be let off the hook. They have been paying lip service on gender diversity and have a crucial role to play in reducing income inequality between men and women.

But an often overlooked factor – one that was virtually absent from Malcolm Turnbull’s recent attempt to have ‘tax reform’ – is the role Australia’s tax system plays.