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Aurizon cops heat on women-only job ad

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 David Sigston

Australia's largest rail freight operator has defended a polarising job advertisement for 'female only' positions.

The women-only jobs of diesel fitters and electricians with Aurizon in central Queensland were advertised as 'targeted' positions last Friday.

The ads have sparked strong debate on social media, some labelling it as 'reverse discrimination'.

Aurizon say in a statement it is seeking to recruit more women to even up the company's gender imbalance. More than 80 per cent of Aurizon workers are men.

"We recognise the business benefits of a more diverse workplace that accesses the talent pool from the whole community," the statement said.

Aurizon, a top-50 ASX-listed company, has won numerous awards for their gender policies in the past.

Their chief executive, Lance Hockridge, won the Diversity Champion Award at the 2014 Australian Human Resources Awards.

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