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Qld women travelling interstate for abortions reconfirms need to decriminalise abortion in our state

Larissa Waters 26 Oct 2015

With Queensland medical experts saying women are travelling to other states to have abortions,  the Palaszczuk Government must get rid of our state's archaic laws that still list abortion as a crime.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"Queensland women should not be treated as criminals for wanting control over their own bodies.

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Horrifying new domestic violence statistics must prompt government action

Larissa Waters 22 Oct 2015

Reporting of a study by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety into domestic violence confirms its appalling extent and the need for funding.

"This comprehensive study provides a horrific insight into the awful extent of domestic violence in our country," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"It finds that one in four women have gone through violence inflicted by a partner or former partner, including boyfriends or dates.

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Senate calls for legal help for Qld domestic violence victims

Larissa Waters 14 Oct 2015

The federal Senate has passed an Australian Greens' motion calling for funding for Queensland community legal centres so they can help people in need, especially domestic violence victims.

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"The Senate is sending a strong message - it's not OK that Queensland's community legal centres have to turn away two in every three people who approach them for help.

"Funding for community legal centres will fall off a cliff in 2017 - with a planned cut of $12 million.

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Gender inequality to blame for older women becoming homeless

Larissa Waters 12 Oct 2015

Older, single women are the new face of homelessness in Australia, as re-confirmed by reporting of Anglicare's State of The Family report today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said the trend was a result of gender inequality.

"It's deeply troubling older single women are the new face of homelessness and it's a result of gender inequality," Senator Waters said.  

"Many of these women would have performed the bulk of unpaid caring and domestic work, limiting their workforce participation and ability to accumulate superannuation.  

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Greens call for domestic violence funding on launch of Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body

Larissa Waters 1 Oct 2015

The Greens are calling for funding gaps for domestic violence front-line services to be filled and for action on long-term affordable housing, as the Ending Violence Against Women Queensland peak body is launched today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, who is attending the launch at Qld Parliament House tonight, said:

"At both the federal and state level, funding gaps exist that mean women who are reaching out for help are not getting the support they need to escape domestic violence.

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Domestic violence package a good first step but housing and legal service funding shortfalls remain

Larissa Waters 24 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens welcome the Federal Government's announcement of funding for domestic violence training, services and prevention today, though long-term secure increased funding for services is still required.

"The announcement today is testament to the months and months of advocacy led by Rosie Batty that has put this national emergency firmly on the public agenda," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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Greens introduce bill to end pay gag clauses that leave women earning less

Larissa Waters 17 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens have today introduced a bill to the Federal Parliament to help close the gender pay gap by ending gag clauses in employment contracts.

"When pay is set in secret deals and employees aren't allowed to discuss the outcome women lose out," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"In the private sector, it's common practice for contracts to include gag clauses that prevent workers from discussing their pay with one another. 

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Greens’ bill to end pay gag clauses for Equal Pay Day

Larissa Waters 4 Sep 2015

On Equal Pay Day today, the Australian Greens are finalising a bill to introduce to Parliament in the next sitting period to end gag clauses in employment contracts that leave women earning less.

"We know the gender pay gap is worst where pay is kept secret," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"In the private sector, it's common practice for contracts to include gag clauses that prevent workers from discussing their pay with one another. 

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Abbott Government should adopt recommendations of tri-partisan domestic violence Senate Inquiry

Larissa Waters 20 Aug 2015

The Australian Greens welcome the tri-partisan support for the domestic violence Senate Inquiry recommendations, released this afternoon, however the recommendations do not go far enough to end this national emergency.

Australian Greens spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, who established the inquiry, said:

 "Now is a critical moment, when national attention has focused on domestic violence like never before. This moment is an opportunity for action which must be seized.

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100 000-strong Stop Taxing my Period petition to be tabled in Parliament ahead of Treasurers’ decision tomorrow

Larissa Waters 20 Aug 2015

The Greens will table the Stop Taxing my Period petition, with more than 100 000 signatories, in the federal Senate today, ahead of the COAG Treasurers' meeting on Friday.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, who will table the petition at about 11:50 am, said:

"When the treasurers meet on Friday, women across Australia will be counting on them to finally end this sexist tax.

"It's discriminatory to exempt condoms or sunscreen from GST but charge women GST for essential items.

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