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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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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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