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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, on the gender wealth gap and Minister Bishop’s comments about sexism in Harper’s Bazaar:

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2014

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, on the gender wealth gap and Minister Bishop’s comments about sexism in Harper’s Bazaar:

“With new research by Curtin University showing that Australia’s gender wealth gap, like our gender pay gap, is widening; it’s frustrating that Minister Bishop’s advice to women is to stop whingeing.

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Domestic violence Senate Inquiry hearing in Sydney shows why refuge cuts must be reversed

Larissa Waters 4 Nov 2014

The Federal Senate Inquiry into domestic violence, established by the Greens, is hearing from NSW groups in a public hearing in Sydney today. 

Senator Larissa Waters, who established the inquiry, said:

“The inquiry hearings are clearly showing that funding cuts, at both the federal and the state level, are severely impacting women’s refuges, which are already struggling to keep up with demand.

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Domestic violence Senate Inquiry hearing in Canberra shows need to reverse funding cuts

Larissa Waters 15 Oct 2014

The Senate Inquiry into domestic violence has heard evidence in Canberra today that the Abbott Government’s cuts will directly impact ACT victims of domestic violence.

“Support services for victims of domestic violence in the ACT are already struggling to keep up with tragically high demand,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“As refuges are sadly overrun and under-funded, many women are forced into homelessness, with domestic violence the biggest cause of homelessness for women.

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Greens stand for women’s rights against right-wing anti-choice Senate bill

Larissa Waters 25 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have condemned Senator John Madigan’s unnecessary sex-selection abortion bill as a front for progressing the anti-choice agenda, debated in the Senate today.

“It’s sickening and alarming that the Abbott Government and some crossbench and Labor senators are trying to drag us back to the 1950s,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Study into violence against women shows shocking extent of victim blaming in Australia and must be acted upon

Larissa Waters 17 Sep 2014

The findings of the latest National Community Attitudes Survey on Violence against women are shameful and must be acted upon, say the Australian Greens.

“It’s shocking and revolting that one in five people believe that if a woman is drunk or drug-affected that she is partially responsible if she is raped,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Greens announce plan to keep women and children safe

Larissa Waters 12 Sep 2014

The Victorian Greens today announced their election commitment to keep women and children safe with a new Victorian Family Violence Action Plan, matched with $100 million in new annual funding to deliver more prevention programs, more crisis support services and better safety and support within the justice system.

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Greens welcome Minister Andrews’ cancellation of plans to open World Congress of Families conference

Larissa Waters 29 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens welcome Minister Andrews’ decision not to open the World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne tomorrow.

“This is good news for everyone who stood together to oppose the Abbott Government effectively endorsing the World Congress of Families’ harmful, discriminatory, prejudice-driven campaigns,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Senate passes Greens’ motion calling on politicians to boycott the World Congress of Families

Larissa Waters 28 Aug 2014

The Australian Senate has passed a Greens’ motion calling on politicians to boycott the World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne on Saturday, including Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews, who plans to open the conference.

“The World Congress of Families campaigns internationally for the criminalisation of LGBTIQ people and against women having abortions, even when their lives are at risk,” Senator Larissa Waters Australian Greens spokesperson for women said.

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MPs must not attend World Congress of Families

Larissa Waters 22 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens are calling on all politicians not to attend World Congress of Families, following more harmful repetitions of the completely discredited myth connecting abortion and breast cancer. 

“Fred Nile’s remarks, like Senator Abetz’s, are insulting, insensitive and completely untrue,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for Women, said.

“These comments are driven by anti-choice ideology rather than the science.

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Senate passes Greens motion condemning Wicked Campers’ promotion of sexual violence against women

Larissa Waters 16 Jul 2014

The Senate has unanimously passed a Greens’ motion condemning the sexist, misogynistic and racist slogans that Wicked Campers have on their hire vans.

“The Senate is sending a strong message that promoting violence against women is completely unacceptable in Australian society,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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