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Greens introduce bill to end pay gag clauses that leave women earning less

Larissa Waters 17 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens have today introduced a bill to the Federal Parliament to help close the gender pay gap by ending gag clauses in employment contracts.

"When pay is set in secret deals and employees aren't allowed to discuss the outcome women lose out," 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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Queensland Government’s funding for DV Connect welcome and needed

Larissa Waters 11 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens welcome Premier Palaszczuk’s commitment to give DV Connect all of the funding it needs.

“This has been a tragic week in Queensland’s history and must never be repeated,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“The Premier’s announcement that she will give DV Connect all the funding it needs is welcome and necessary. 

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Greens’ bill to end pay gag clauses for Equal Pay Day

Larissa Waters 4 Sep 2015

On Equal Pay Day today, the Australian Greens are finalising a bill to introduce to Parliament in the next sitting period to end gag clauses in employment contracts that leave women earning less.

"We know the gender pay gap is worst where pay is kept secret," 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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Abbott Government should adopt recommendations of tri-partisan domestic violence Senate Inquiry

Larissa Waters 20 Aug 2015

The Australian Greens welcome the tri-partisan support for the domestic violence Senate Inquiry recommendations, released this afternoon, however the recommendations do not go far enough to end this national emergency.

Australian Greens spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, who established the inquiry, said:

 "Now is a critical moment, when national attention has focused on domestic violence like never before. This moment is an opportunity for action which must be seized.

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100 000-strong Stop Taxing my Period petition to be tabled in Parliament ahead of Treasurers’ decision tomorrow

Larissa Waters 20 Aug 2015

The Greens will table the Stop Taxing my Period petition, with more than 100 000 signatories, in the federal Senate today, ahead of the COAG Treasurers' meeting on Friday.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, who will table the petition at about 11:50 am, said:

"When the treasurers meet on Friday, women across Australia will be counting on them to finally end this sexist tax.

"It's discriminatory to exempt condoms or sunscreen from GST but charge women GST for essential items.

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Greens support Senate inquiry into women’s retirement income

Adam Bandt 18 Aug 2015

The Greens welcome tri-partisan support for the Senate Inquiry into the gender retirement income gap, established in the Senate late yesterday.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women and co-sponsor of the move for a Senate Inquiry, said:

"Women retire with far less savings than men, after a lifetime of a gender pay gap and a greater share of unpaid caring responsibilities.

"With the fastest growing cohort of homeless being older women, it's timely for the Senate to examine the structural inequities which are seeing women retire in poverty.

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COAG must reinstate funding for domestic violence services

Larissa Waters 23 Jul 2015

COAG must reinstate funding for domestic violence services

Acting Greens Leader Larissa Waters says state and territory leaders have the power and responsibility to do much more than talk about how to address domestic violence at today’s COAG meeting.

“For all the talk, families need to see some action. Lives are depending on it,” said Senator Waters.

“The COAG leaders should be demanding Tony Abbott show them the money.

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