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Greens to fix glaring omissions in Abbott Government’s workplace gender equality reporting requirements

Larissa Waters 25 Feb 2015

The Australian Greens will work to save key parts of the workplace gender reporting requirements that the Abbott Government announced today it wants to cut.

“We are firmly opposed to the Abbott Government’s changes that remove reporting on CEO salaries, perks, job applications and interviews,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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LNP’s sexist election comments and cartoon are unacceptable

Larissa Waters 28 Jan 2015

The LNP’s sexism during this election is unacceptable and the Greens are calling it out.

“It’s appalling that George Christensen firstly published this derogatory cartoon and then failed to apologise, instead suggesting it should be laughed off,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.  

“Sexism and archaic views on gender are not laughing matters – they’re alarming insights into the views held by members of the LNP.

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Domestic violence must be put on the Qld election agenda

Larissa Waters 19 Jan 2015

The Greens are calling for funding for domestic violence services to urgently be put firmly on the agenda of the Queensland election. 

“It’s disappointing that the major parties are failing to put the critical issue of domestic violence on the election agenda,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“Domestic violence is a state emergency. In 2013 alone there were more than 64 000 occurrences of domestic violence in Queensland.

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Abbott Government releases consultation with big business as part of plan to weaken workplace gender reporting requirements

Larissa Waters 14 Jan 2015

A summary of the Abbott Government’s consultation with big business on workplace gender reporting requirements has been released to give Tony Abbott an excuse to slash efforts to close the gender pay gap.

“Tony Abbott has designed this so-called consultation so that big business will complain about the requirements, giving him cover to slash the data that underpins efforts to close the gender pay gap,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Workplace gender reporting results show why Abbott Government must scrap its plans to cut the reporting requirements, especially on White Ribbon Day

Larissa Waters 25 Nov 2014

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency reporting data out today shows why the Abbott Government must abandon its plans to water down requirements for employers to report this data.

“We have this comprehensive, alarming data today because employers have been required by government to provide this data,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“But the Abbott Government wants to water down these requirements, after putting an improvement to the current requirements on hold.

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Effective, equal support needed for older jobseekers

The Australian Greens said today that the Government needs to work to address possible flaws in its Restart program and expand its approach to genuinely help older jobseekers into work.

"There are more than 204,000 older Australians on Newstart, meaning they are living below the poverty line for extended periods of time. Living in poverty erodes a person's capacity to work and had long term health and mental health impacts," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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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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