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Australian women need paid domestic violence leave

Larissa Waters 4 Jul 2017

The safety net for women leaving abuse and violence should include 10 days of paid domestic violence leave say the Australian Greens.

“In 2015, a majority Senate inquiry report  recommended that victims of domestic and family violence should have access to appropriate leave provisions, which assist them to maintain employment and financial security,” says Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters.   

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No more excuses, axe the tampon tax

Larissa Waters 14 Jun 2017

The Government’s plan to introduce GST on items bought online for under $1000, due to be debated this week, is chance to abolish the tampon tax say the Australian Greens.

New costings (attached) commissioned by the Australian Greens show that States could axe the tampon tax and still be $185 million better off after the government’s proposed changes to the GST.

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Budget more proof the Liberals don’t care about women

Larissa Waters 10 May 2017

The Budget is another reminder that the Liberal party doesn’t care about women, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters.

“The Government is putting women’s lives at risk by chronically underfunding domestic violence services and pushing women to financial hardship in order to raise revenue.

“A major funding boost is needed to provide the most basic frontline services for women and children escaping domestic violence, but there is next to nothing in the Budget.

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Turnbull government is putting the lives of women and children fleeing domestic violence at risk

Larissa Waters 1 Feb 2017

As parliament prepares to resume next week the Australian Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to commit to life-saving domestic violence services.

“Community Legal Centres assisting survivors of domestic violence face a 30 per cent funding cut come July, meaning less staff helping fewer women and children,” said Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and spokesperson for women Larissa Waters.

“The Turnbull Government can overturn this Abbott-era cut with the stroke of a pen, and should do so before more women and children lose their lives.

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More than words needed to end domestic violence

Larissa Waters 8 Dec 2016

Going into COAG, if the federal government is actually committed to the safety of women and children experiencing domestic violence, they must commit to long-term funding for specialist homelessness services, say the Australian Greens.

"We know that domestic violence is one of the key causes of homelessness, and that many women and children are forced to choose between violence and homelessness because emergency shelters are full and long-term affordable accommodation is extremely limited,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters.

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Women of Australia need more than words; the government needs to stand up, speak out and cough up.

Larissa Waters 23 Nov 2016

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women spoke at a breakfast event for White Ribbon Day held in Parliament House this morning alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

As the original list of political speakers contained no women Senator Waters spoke on behalf of Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

Senator Waters commends the commitment to ending violence against women and children but hopes “White Ribbon Day is not just one day of reflection for those who then sadly fail to deliver in their spheres of influence.”

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Gender pay gap data shows discrimination alive and well

Larissa Waters 16 Nov 2016

With the release of data on the gender pay gap today showing women are paid an average of nearly $27,000 less than men, the Australians Greens will continue to push for equal pay for work of equal value, and equal opportunity for women to succeed in all industries.

“The gender pay gap is sexist and must be closed. The worth of work done by women is the same as the worth of work done by men,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters.

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