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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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Greens support Senate inquiry into women’s retirement income

Adam Bandt 18 Aug 2015

The Greens welcome tri-partisan support for the Senate Inquiry into the gender retirement income gap, established in the Senate late yesterday.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women and co-sponsor of the move for a Senate Inquiry, said:

"Women retire with far less savings than men, after a lifetime of a gender pay gap and a greater share of unpaid caring responsibilities.

"With the fastest growing cohort of homeless being older women, it's timely for the Senate to examine the structural inequities which are seeing women retire in poverty.

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Abbott Government needs to take domestic violence seriously

Larissa Waters 6 Jul 2015

The Abbott Government must take note of the Essential Research poll released today showing 74 per cent of Australians believe domestic violence is as or more threatening than terrorism.

"While the community is taking domestic violence seriously, the Abbott Government has still failed to reverse its cuts to domestic violence services," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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Greens call on NSW Government to stop taxing NSW women’s periods

Larissa Waters 10 Jun 2015

The Greens will join with 'Stop Taxing My Period' campaign organiser Subeta Vimalarajah in Sydney on Wednesday to call on the NSW Government to hurry up and get on board with ending the tampon tax.

Ms Vimalarajah's online petition topped 100,000 signatures over the long weekend but the NSW Government is still refusing to join other states in agreeing the tax should be scrapped.

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Big parties’ failure to support domestic violence leave is abhorrent

Larissa Waters 27 May 2015

The Australian Greens have long called for domestic violence leave and are disappointed at the big parties' failure to back the ACTU's proposal.

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

"It's deeply disappointing that both big parties appear to be rejecting the ACTU's proposal for domestic violence leave, championed by our brave, determined Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.

"While Bill Shorten has made some noncommittal remarks, Labor is failing to back the desperately needed proposal.

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