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Senate wishes ‘happy 40th birthday’ to Women’s House – Queensland’s oldest women’s shelter

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2015

The Senate has this afternoon supported an Australian Greens' motion marking the 40th birthday of Brisbane's Women's House - Queensland's oldest women's shelter.

"Women's House has saved the lives of many Queensland women and children over its 40 years," Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"We are fortunate to have Australia's oldest independent women's shelter in our state, which I have had the opportunity to visit to learn about its eventful history and the invaluable work it carries on today.

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Narrow defeat of Turnbull Government anti-choice abortion Senate motion is alarming

Larissa Waters 9 Nov 2015

The Senate has narrowly defeated a Turnbull Government motion opposing Greens' state and territory legislation for exclusion zones outside abortion clinics to stop anti-choice protesters intimidating women.

"It's alarming that the Senate was only just able to defeat this appalling motion from the Turnbull Government," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"Senator Canavan, who put forward the motion, has tried to pass this off as a freedom of speech issue but this is an issue of safe, accessible healthcare and women's rights. 

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Self-funded top ups alone won’t solve superannuation gender gap

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2015

To close the superannuation gender gap the Turnbull Government needs to help all women, not just those who can afford to top up their super, say the Australian Greens.

 Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, who has co-sponsored a Senate Inquiry into women's retirement incomes, said:  

"While it's great the government is looking at options to close the super gender gap, simply encouraging women to top up their super will only help the small number who can afford that.

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Qld women travelling interstate for abortions reconfirms need to decriminalise abortion in our state

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2015

With Queensland medical experts saying women are travelling to other states to have abortions,  the Palaszczuk Government must get rid of our state's archaic laws that still list abortion as a crime.

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

"Queensland women should not be treated as criminals for wanting control over their own bodies.

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Horrifying new domestic violence statistics must prompt government action

Larissa Waters 22 Oct 2015

Reporting of a study by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety into domestic violence confirms its appalling extent and the need for funding.

"This comprehensive study provides a horrific insight into the awful extent of domestic violence in our country," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"It finds that one in four women have gone through violence inflicted by a partner or former partner, including boyfriends or dates.

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Senate calls for legal help for Qld domestic violence victims

Larissa Waters 14 Oct 2015

The federal Senate has passed an Australian Greens' motion calling for funding for Queensland community legal centres so they can help people in need, especially domestic violence victims.

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

"The Senate is sending a strong message - it's not OK that Queensland's community legal centres have to turn away two in every three people who approach them for help.

"Funding for community legal centres will fall off a cliff in 2017 - with a planned cut of $12 million.

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Gender inequality to blame for older women becoming homeless

Larissa Waters 12 Oct 2015

Older, single women are the new face of homelessness in Australia, as re-confirmed by reporting of Anglicare's State of The Family report today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said the trend was a result of gender inequality.

"It's deeply troubling older single women are the new face of homelessness and it's a result of gender inequality," Senator Waters said.  

"Many of these women would have performed the bulk of unpaid caring and domestic work, limiting their workforce participation and ability to accumulate superannuation.  

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Greens call for domestic violence funding on launch of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body

Larissa Waters 1 Oct 2015

The Greens are calling for funding gaps for domestic violence front-line services to be filled and for action on long-term affordable housing, as the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body is launched today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, who is attending the launch at Qld Parliament House tonight, said:

"At both the federal and state level, funding gaps exist that mean women who are reaching out for help are not getting the support they need to escape domestic violence.

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Domestic violence package a good first step but housing and legal service funding shortfalls remain

Larissa Waters 24 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens welcome the Federal Government's announcement of funding for domestic violence training, services and prevention today, though long-term secure increased funding for services is still required.

"The announcement today is testament to the months and months of advocacy led by Rosie Batty that has put this national emergency firmly on the public agenda," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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