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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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Mark Latham’s sexist comments show urgent need for Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Larissa Waters 22 Jan 2016

Mark Latham's appalling comments about our admirable outgoing Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, provide even more evidence the Liberal Government must stop delaying its already overdue appointment of a Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

"There is absolutely no excuse for domestic violence," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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Sexism almost everywhere most Australians believe

Larissa Waters 19 Jan 2016

Polling by Essential Research, out today, shows most Australians believe sexism and discrimination against women are widespread.

“Clearly Australians are witnessing and experiencing sexism firsthand and in public arenas,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

“Despite women outnumbering men as university graduates, Australians believe men are more respected in a range of professions

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People power stops sexist ‘pick up artist’ tour

Larissa Waters 19 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens congratulate the online community campaign that has successfully put a stop to Real Social Dynamics' Australian tour or sexist 'pick up artist' seminars.

"When Australians stand together to speak out against violence and sexism we can prevail," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"It's disgraceful that one of the sexist seminars, which promote choking, threatening and abusing women, was reportedly able to go ahead before Jeff Allen left the country.

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Revoke visa to stop promotion of violence and sexism

Larissa Waters 18 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on the Liberal Government to stop more sexist 'dating' seminars, which promote choking, threatening and abusing women, from going ahead in Australia.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, is calling on Minister Dutton to revoke the visa of seminar presenter Jeff Allen, a colleague of Julien Blanc.

"It's disgraceful that the government has reportedly already failed to stop one of these events, which promote domestic violence, from going ahead in Australia," Senator Waters said.

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Domestic violence and MYEFO

Larissa Waters 15 Dec 2015

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, comments on domestic violence and the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

"The Liberal Government has failed to provide any new funding for services or prevention to solve our domestic violence crisis.

"What's worse, the Outlook locks in Tony Abbott's $44 million cut to crisis shelters and his $12 million cut to community legal centres to take effect in 2017.

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PM doesn’t need a summit to fix domestic violence cuts in MYEFO

Larissa Waters 11 Dec 2015

The Australian Greens welcome COAG's announcement of a domestic violence summit and a deadline for national DVO legislation, but cuts must be restored and funding increased for domestic violence services and prevention in the MYEFO next Tuesday.

"While we welcome the first ministers' domestic violence announcements, they will not stop women being turned away from over-stretched refuges and legal centres," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"We welcome a summit, but the cuts to services can be fixed right away. 

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Workplace Gender Equality Agency data shows women paid a quarter less than men

Larissa Waters 26 Nov 2015

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency's annual data on the gender pay gap, out today, shows the gap is even worse when bonuses, allowances and superannuation are taken into account

"When bonuses, allowances and superannuation are taken into account, the gender pay gap for full-time work is a staggering 24 per cent," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"It's seriously unacceptable that in 2015, women only earn about three quarters that of men for full-time work.

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