The introduction of a Gender Equality Bill in Victoria has been touted as a landmark event for Australia, but not everyone is happy.
The bill requires public sector organisations, universities and councils to develop and implement gender equality action plans every four years, which include data on their current state of gender equality and strategies for achieving it in the future.
The government will also employ a public sector gender equality commissioner to oversee the reforms and monitor progress, initially focusing on education.
Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams said the changes were about improving outcomes for Victorian women, including at work.
"This bill is a key mechanism in improving the lives of women and all Victorians, ensuring employers of almost 380,000 Victorians in our public sector, councils and universities, take real action to progress gender equality," she said.
"This bill ensures that Victoria will continue to lead the country when it comes to improving gender equality so that people of all genders are able to enjoy equal rights, opportunities, responsibilities and outcomes."
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It easily passed the Parliament's upper house on Thursday with support from Labor, Liberal and minor party MPs such as Tania Maxwell.
But Wodonga-based MP Tim Quilty was against the bill, saying the Liberal Democrats did not believe in quotas.
He took aim at Animal Party candidate Andy Meddick's comment that men should "shut up" about this.
"Perhaps he could take his own advice and resign to make a place for a woman," Mr Quilty said.
"There are many strong women in his party who might like to have their voices heard in this place.
"In fact perhaps some of the knights in shining armour that we have heard from on the government benches could think about doing the same.
"I look forward to the moment when Labor can lift the number of women in the Parliament above 50 per cent.
"Direct action counts more than words, gentlemen."