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Inadequate domestic violence funding which lasts only until just after the election

Larissa Waters 4 May 2016

The Turnbull Budget locks in Abbott's cuts to domestic violence services and subjects women's legal and housing services, which help women escape violence, to massive funding cuts from next financial year.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"We are in a national domestic violence crisis.  Services are underfunded and overstretched, but despite the Prime Minister's rhetoric about domestic violence the Budget fails the victims of domestic violence. 

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Greens announce doubling of funding for women’s shelters and call for federal budget funding

Larissa Waters 29 Apr 2016

The Greens have announced a plan to double funding for women’s shelters and are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its domestic violence funding cuts and boost funding in next week’s budget.

At Women’s House Shelta, the oldest women’s shelter in Brisbane, today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

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Domestic violence advertising campaign must come with boost to crisis funding for women who reach out as a result

Larissa Waters 20 Apr 2016

With the launch today of the advertising campaign to tackle attitudes that allow domestic violence to fester, the Greens are calling for the Turnbull Government to urgently reverse its cuts to crisis services and boost funding.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"We absolutely need to raise awareness and change attitudes about domestic violence and gender equality but doing so without boosting funding to crisis services, which are currently having to turn women away, is dangerous.

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Legal Aid urgently needs funding boost given high demand for domestic violence family law services

Larissa Waters 18 Apr 2016

With new analysis showing 79 per cent of Legal-Aid-assisted family law cases include domestic violence, the Greens today renewed their call for the Coalition Government to boost funding for Legal Aid.

"The demand for domestic violence legal help is so tragically high that it is a factor in the bulk of family law cases assisted by Legal Aid," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.                                

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Surging demand for domestic violence legal services: Turnbull must reverse Abbott-era cut, boost funding by $200 million

Richard Di Natale 31 Mar 2016

With a report released today showing increased demand for domestic violence legal services in Queensland, the Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its funding cut to community legal centres and boost long term funding.

At the Women's Legal Service in Brisbane today, Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said Tony Abbott's 30 per cent cut to community legal centres due in 2017, must be abandoned in the May federal budget.

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Greens support domestic violence services’ call for funding to help women instead of turning them away

Larissa Waters 16 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens welcome the domestic violence service representatives visiting Parliament House today and support their call for funding to save women and children’s lives.

“It’s a tragic shame that these life-saving groups have had to come to Canberra to plead for enough funding,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“Women’s refuges, legal services and call centres must not be forced to turn away women.

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Government’s rhetoric means nothing to domestic violence victims if they can’t get leave from work to escape

Larissa Waters 9 Mar 2016

Reports today that the Turnbull Liberal Government is presiding over the slashing of domestic violence leave for public servants put a lie to the government's rhetoric about respect for women.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"Slashing domestic violence leave at any time is inexcusable but these reports the day after International Women's Day really put into focus the government's hypocrisy.

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$100 000 gender pay won’t be fixed by hiding it

Larissa Waters 3 Mar 2016

With a report out today, showing senior female managers earn $100 000 less per year than male counterparts, the Greens are urging the other parties to support their Bill for pay transparency.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

 "In the private sector, it's common practice for contracts to include gag clauses that prevent workers from discussing their pay with one another. 

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