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Apology to Peter Dutton

Larissa Waters 24 Mar 2021

On 25 February 2021 I published a media release on my website, posted on my Twitter account, and made in the course of a press conference false and defamatory statements that Peter Dutton is a rape apologist, that he has sought to conceal and dismiss reports of rape, and that he has no sympathy for victims of rape. I accept that there was no basis for those allegations and that they were false. I unreservedly apologise to Minister Dutton for the hurt, distress and damage to his reputation I have caused him.

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Coalition and Labor back their corporate mates over everyday Australians

The Greens have slammed a committee report recommending that the Senate votes down the Greens’ dirty donations bill, which would ban donations from mega corporations and cap total annual contributions at $1,000.

The Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee’s report on the Greens’ Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020 was tabled in the Senate last night.

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Greens to walk out of parliament in support of Women’s March 4 Justice

Larissa Waters 12 Mar 2021

Greens women will walk out of the Senate on Monday to join a national protest calling for gender equality and an end to gendered violence, and are encouraging women from other parties and workers from Parliament House to join them.

The Women’s March 4 Justice is holding rallies in dozens of locations across the country on Sunday, March 14 and Monday, March 15. Greens Senators will join demonstrators at the Canberra rally on the lawns outside Parliament House on Monday.

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Government’s consent education plan an insult to women and sexual violence survivors

Larissa Waters 11 Mar 2021

The Greens have again called for a comprehensive national approach to consent training after Education Minister Alan Tudge today revealed the government’s weak-kneed response to growing demands for change.

“This response from the Morrison government to the roar of fury from women and girls everywhere is predictably too little and too late,” said Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on women.

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Fund education to dismantle rape culture for International Women’s Day: Greens

Larissa Waters 8 Mar 2021

In the wake of recent parliamentary sexual abuse revelations and the petition started by Chanel Contos, the Greens have used International Women’s Day to call for $190 million to be allocated in the May Budget to fund respectful relationships education including sexual consent in all schools across the country.

$190 million over four years would support rolling out Our Watch’s respectful relationships education program, which has been successfully piloted in Victoria and Queensland.

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Parliamentary culture review welcome but not the panacea

The Greens have cautiously welcomed today’s announcement into a review of workplace culture in Federal Parliament but say a culture review alone is not enough.

“This long-overdue review into workplace culture in parliament by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner is a promising step towards making our workplace safe for women, but the proof will be in the pudding of whether the Government acts on the recommendations once they are made,” said Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on women.

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Inquiry only way to clear cloud over A-G: Greens

Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP has strengthened calls for an independent inquiry into allegations against Christian Porter, saying a cloud will remain over the Attorney General and government until they are tested.

Mr Bandt said that while only the courts could ascertain guilt, the Prime Minister was responsible for the selection of his Cabinet.

Lines from Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP:

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Christian Porter must stand down pending an independent inquiry

Larissa Waters 3 Mar 2021

The Attorney General must stand down and there must be an independent inquiry into the rape allegations, otherwise there will be a chilling effect on survivors speaking out, said the Greens today following the revelation of the identity of the cabinet minister.

“Today’s press conference by Christian Porter denying the rape allegations will have been extremely distressing to sexual assault survivors everywhere,” said Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on women.

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More Ministers protecting the boys club

Larissa Waters 24 Feb 2021

“The men of this government are still following the rules of the ‘boys club’, covering for each other instead of speaking out about what they knew about an alleged rape in parliament house and allegations of serial sexual harassment by a government staffer in Craig Kelly’s office." said Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and Spokesperson on Women.
 

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