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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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Senate agrees 150 days without a Sex Discrimination Commissioner in unacceptable

Larissa Waters 3 Feb 2016

The Senate has passed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Turnbull Liberal Government to hurry up and appoint a Sex Discrimination Commissioner,  a position it has left vacant for 150 days.

"Women have been waiting on the Turnbull Liberal Government for more than 150 days now to appoint a new Sex Discrimination Commissioner," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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No place for Return of Kings’ promotion of sexual violence

Larissa Waters 1 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens strongly condemn the online group Return of Kings' promotion of sexual violence and their pathetic attempt to hold on to medieval - and frankly sickening - attitudes towards women.

"There is no place for these violent, archaic and disturbing views about women," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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PM must not reward sexism or continue to delay Sex Discrimination Commissioner appointment

Larissa Waters 28 Jan 2016

Jamie Briggs' claim that Prime Minister Turnbull told him he could become a Minister again after sexist behaviour is even more evidence that we urgently need a Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

"Although the Prime Minister talks a lot about respect for women, anything other than zero tolerance for sexism is utterly disrespectful," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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