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Greens call out Wicked Campers’ promotion of sexual violence against women

Larissa Waters 16 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have put a motion to the Senate to condemn the sexist, misogynistic and racist slogans that Wicked Campers have on their hire vans.

“We’re calling out these demeaning slogans that promote sexual violence against women, which tragically is a massive problem in Australia,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“One in every three Australian women over the age of 15 have experienced violence and one in every five have experienced sexual violence.

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Abbott Government entrenches gender inequality of superannuation

Larissa Waters 15 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have moved a second reading amendment to the mining tax repeal bill in the Senate to oppose the Abbott Government’s abolition of the Low Income Super Contribution, which will disproportionately impact women.

“Yet again the Abbott Government wants to sacrifice the most vulnerable in our society for the big end of town by trying to abolish the Low Income Super Contribution through its repeal of the mining tax,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Tony Abbott must put equal pay on the G20 agenda as a step toward rectifying his shameful track record on gender equality

Larissa Waters 14 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens support Oxfam’s calls today for equal pay to be on the G20 agenda, following the release of a report that shows it will take 75 years to achieve globally with current efforts.

“Women can’t wait around for 75 years to earn equal pay,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“We need to dramatically accelerate efforts to achieve equal pay and a good way to do this is by putting the issue front and centre at the G20.

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Greens’ Senate Inquiry will scrutinise Second Action Plan and impact of budget cuts on domestic violence

Larissa Waters 27 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens welcome the news that the Second Action Plan to stop domestic violence will be released today but are concerned it cannot overcome the harm the Abbott Government’s budget cuts will inflict on victims of domestic violence.

“The Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry, supported in the Senate yesterday, will assess the effectiveness of the Second Action Plan and the impact of the budget cuts on victims of domestic violence,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Greens secure Senate Inquiry into domestic violence

Larissa Waters 26 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens proposal for a Senate Inquiry into domestic violence has passed the Senate with tri-partisan support today.

“Sadly one Australian woman a week is murdered as a result of domestic violence. This is a national tragedy and it has to stop,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said

“The inquiry will investigate the prevalence of domestic violence, contributing factors and the adequacy of government responses.

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Senate calls on Abbott Government not to water down existing workplace gender equality reporting requirements

Larissa Waters 26 Jun 2014

The Greens and Labor have passed a motion in the Senate, calling on the Abbott Government to retain the existing workplace gender equality reporting requirements, instead of watering them down.

“The Abbott Government is delaying a scheduled improvement in workplace gender reporting requirements, under the guise of further consultation,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Graduate gender pay gap coupled with Tony Abbott’s HECS interest entrench financial gender inequality

Larissa Waters 18 Jun 2014

Graduate Careers Australia data out today shows female graduates are being paid on average 9.4 per cent less than male graduates, compounding the gender bias of Tony Abbott’s planned interest hike on university loans.

“Not only are women being paid less when they finish uni, but women who take time off work to have a baby face paying 30 per cent more in interest on their university loans than men, under Tony Abbott’s uni cuts,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Greens call on PM to step down as Minister for Women

Larissa Waters 22 May 2014

The Australian Greens are calling on the Prime Minister to step down from his position as Minister for Women and appoint a woman to the role.

“The Prime Minister’s latest gender faux pas, dismissing an elderly woman’s work on a sex line to cope with financial burden, by winking inappropriately, is further evidence that he is not a fit Minister for Women,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for Women, said.

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Domestic Violence Prevention and the Budget

Larissa Waters 14 May 2014

“Tony Abbott’s budget does nothing to address gender financial inequality, hits low income women hard and appears to slash $60 million from women’s programs.

“Shockingly, the budget, delivered within Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, takes a step backward on preventing domestic violence.

“Funding for initiatives which include the National Plan to Prevent Domestic Violence is being cut by $7.4 million over forward estimates.

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Don’t cut vital services in Domestic Violence Prevention Month

Larissa Waters 2 May 2014

The Australian Greens acknowledge May as Domestic Violence Prevention Month and are calling on the Abbott Government to shield domestic and family violence victims from harsh cuts in the upcoming budget.

"Following the Commission of Audit's recommendations to further reduce single parent payments and for the federal government to do less on affordable housing, the budget papers will reveal where this Government really stands on tackling domestic violence in our community," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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