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Two thirds of Australians support workplace gender reporting

Larissa Waters 25 Mar 2014

An Essential Media poll out today shows only 15 per cent of Australians think workplace gender reporting should be weakened to apply only to companies with more than one thousand employees.

 “The Abbott Government was reportedly intending to raise the threshold for workplace gender reporting so that it only applied to companies with more than one thousand employees – less than 1% of Australian businesses,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Greens will disallow Abbott’s attacks on workplace gender reporting

Larissa Waters 18 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens will move to disallow any attempt by the Abbott Government to weaken workplace gender reporting and have welcomed the launch of a public coalition in support of gender reporting at Parliament House today.

“The Greens will disallow any attempt by the Abbott Government to conceal and entrench the gender pay gap,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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The Prime Minister’s International Women’s Day speech left a bad taste in my mouth

Larissa Waters 8 Mar 2014

You know how sometimes parents tell their children to eat something they don’t like because kids in Africa are starving?

I tried this on my 4-year-old once and she asked me how we could get her dinner to those children, and whether we could make some more.

I was reminded of this when Tony Abbott spoke at an event in Parliament House this week marking International Women’s Day.

Tony Abbott told the leading feminists in that room that women had it made in the country he runs.

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Senate supports workplace gender reporting in face of uncertain future

Larissa Waters 5 Mar 2014

The Senate has today passed a Greens’ motion supporting the workplace gender reporting that the Abbott Government is reportedly considering weakening.

“The Abbott Government is reportedly considering weakening workplace gender reporting to apply it to fewer workplaces, even though it provides important information to drive action on achieving equal pay,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for Women, said.

“It’s unacceptable that there’s still a 17 per cent gender pay gap in Australia today.

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Paid domestic violence leave overdue

Larissa Waters 25 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens congratulate the ACTU for calling for paid domestic violence leave on White Ribbon Day today.

"It's a national tragedy that one women is killed every week in Australia by a current or former partner and that one in three Australian women over the age of 15 reports having experienced physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for Women, said.

"These are appalling statistics and must be addressed urgently.

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