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Pay gag clauses being used to punish women who ask for pay equity

Larissa Waters 27 Oct 2016

Evidence today to the Senate Education and Employment Committee from academic experts about the gender pay gap has revealed a concerning trend that some employers are using “pay gag clauses” against women challenge unequal pay.

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

“Evidence today from witnesses suggested that ‘pay gag clauses’ are being enforced by 50 – 90% of private sector organisations according to forthcoming studies. 

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Greens motion to condemn Trump

The Australian Greens have introduced a motion that will allow the Senate to condemn the racist and sexist comments made by Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said, "Donald trump has once again shown himself to be a sexist and racist pig who is completely unfit for office.

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Greens announce plan to prevent domestic violence by achieving gender equality working with schools, sports clubs and businesses

Larissa Waters 20 Jun 2016

The Greens today announced their $46 million plan over 6 years to prevent violence against women, which supports women's financial independence, secures Our Watch funding, assists sports clubs to make cultural change and supports the national roll out of Respectful Relationships programs in schools.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said the prevention plan builds on the Greens' commitments of $5 billion over ten years for frontline domestic violence services and $60 million to put safety first in Family Law. 

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Greens call on old parties to match funding commitment to WA domestic violence services

Rachel Siewert 13 Jun 2016

 

The Greens today called on the old parties to match their funding commitment of $54 million per year over ten years for specialist domestic violence services in Western Australia as part of a $5 billion 10-year plan.

In Perth at Women's Health and Family Services, which provides domestic violence services including counselling, advocacy and support, Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters, said:

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Greens spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, responds to Labor’s domestic violence announcement today

Larissa Waters 11 Jun 2016

"This is a step in the right direction from Labor but it doesn't provide adequate, long-term funding for the sector and falls short of providing 10 days domestic violence leave per year.

"In consultation with the sector, we Greens have developed a plan for a $5 billion package over ten years to provide long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services, such as women's shelters, crisis phone services and perpetrator programs.

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Tampon tax must go – old parties need to get with the times and get rid of sexist tax

Larissa Waters 9 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens are disappointed that both the old parties are giving up on ending the tampon tax.

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

"While the old parties make excuses, Australian women continue to fork out $50 million a year in a tax on their bodies.

"We Greens will not give up on ending the tampon tax - we'll continue to work in the next Parliament to see it scrapped.

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Inadequate domestic violence funding which lasts only until just after the election

Larissa Waters 4 May 2016

The Turnbull Budget locks in Abbott's cuts to domestic violence services and subjects women's legal and housing services, which help women escape violence, to massive funding cuts from next financial year.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"We are in a national domestic violence crisis.  Services are underfunded and overstretched, but despite the Prime Minister's rhetoric about domestic violence the Budget fails the victims of domestic violence. 

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Legal Aid urgently needs funding boost given high demand for domestic violence family law services

Larissa Waters 18 Apr 2016

With new analysis showing 79 per cent of Legal-Aid-assisted family law cases include domestic violence, the Greens today renewed their call for the Coalition Government to boost funding for Legal Aid.

"The demand for domestic violence legal help is so tragically high that it is a factor in the bulk of family law cases assisted by Legal Aid," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.                                

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Surging demand for domestic violence legal services: Turnbull must reverse Abbott-era cut, boost funding by $200 million

Richard Di Natale 31 Mar 2016

With a report released today showing increased demand for domestic violence legal services in Queensland, the Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its funding cut to community legal centres and boost long term funding.

At the Women's Legal Service in Brisbane today, Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said Tony Abbott's 30 per cent cut to community legal centres due in 2017, must be abandoned in the May federal budget.

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