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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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Greens family-friendly push modernises Senate rule

Larissa Waters 8 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens are proud to have initiated a successful rule change to make the Australian Senate more family friendly by allowing Senators to briefly care for infants in the Chamber.

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

“All workplaces should be more family friendly, including Parliaments.“Our Parliament should better reflect our community; we need more young women in Canberra.

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Greens support laws to end vile promotion of violence against women

Larissa Waters 8 Nov 2016

The Australian Greens support legislation introduced to the Queensland state parliament on Tuesday that will put an end to sexist slogans and imagery inciting violence against women on Wicked campers and others vehicles.  

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women calls on all members of State parliament to pass laws that allow for the vehicle registrations of commercial operators to be cancelled should they refuse to remove offensive material.

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State and federal governments should stand up for Queensland women

Larissa Waters 3 Nov 2016

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters is calling on the Queensland and federal Health Ministers to ensure access to abortion for all Queensland women.

“I have today written to Susan Ley and Cameron Dick asking them to take urgent action to make sure women across Queensland can continue to access surgical abortion services.

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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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