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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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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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