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Government must boost legal assistance to tackle family violence

Federal cuts to legal assistance funding will undermine efforts to tackle domestic violence, say the Australian Greens.

Legal assistance and domestic violence are two separate agenda items for tomorrow's Law, Crime and Community Safety Council Meeting, but the Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says they should be addressed together.

"If the Government is really genuine about addressing domestic violence, they need to fund the services out there helping people to understand their legal options and act on them," Senator Wright said.

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Budget cruelly misses opportunity to address national domestic violence crisis

Larissa Waters 13 May 2015

The Abbott Government's budget does nothing  to help domestic violence victims and survivors and locks in many of last year's domestic violence funding cuts. 

"For all of the government's rhetoric about domestic violence, its budget is a missed opportunity to address this tragic national crisis," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"After the interim Senate Inquiry report, the Government  reversed some of the worst funding cuts to legal centres and extended a homelessness program for a limited period.

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Abbott Government giving with one hand and taking with other on domestic violence prevention funding

Larissa Waters 27 Apr 2015

The Australian Greens are calling on the Abbott Government to reinstate funding for healthy relationships programs in schools or risk undermining the effectiveness of its new advertising campaign against domestic violence.

"The Abbott Government is giving with one hand and taking with the other when it comes to funding to change cultural attitudes of gender inequality that lead to domestic violence," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.   

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More women on boards = better performance. It’s time for government to get on board.

Larissa Waters 23 Apr 2015

With new analysis showing ASX200 companies with more women on their boards outperform those with less or none, the Australian Greens are calling for government to get on board.

Launching the Infinitas and Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation Gender Index in Sydney today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said:

"Today's analysis shows more women on boards are not only good for gender equality but also for business.

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Legal aid reversal welcome, but just the start

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says the Government should not stop at reversing cuts to the legal assistance sector, but look at increasing funding in the upcoming budget.

"Legal assistance services were operating on a shoe-string budget before the Attorney-General's cuts," Senator Wright said.

"Today's policy reversal is extremely welcome, but this should only be the beginning. The Productivity Commission's recent report said $200 million more was required just to address urgent need."

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Three improvements for gender equality that we can make happen right away for International Women’s Day

Larissa Waters 8 Mar 2015
 The theme of International Women’s Day today is Make it Happen and the Greens are calling for key improvements that governments can make happen right away.
 
“While it’s frustrating that there’s still such a long way to go to achieve gender equality, there are some clear, tangible steps that we can take right away,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.
 
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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, comments on the Qld LNP holding its International Women's Day event at the Tattersall's Club:

Larissa Waters 4 Mar 2015

"This is yet another scary insight into the Liberal Party's 1950s views on gender equality.

"That Tony Abbott thinks celebrating International Women's Day at a men's-only club is 'smashing the glass ceiling', once again shows he is unfit to be Minister for Women.
"It's telling that Tattersall's is making a special exemption for the event so that women do not have to show a 'partner card' to gain access.

"This month marks 50 years since women protested in Brisbane against a ban on drinking in public by chaining themselves to the Regatta's public bar.

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Abbott Government’s awareness of domestic violence crisis makes its funding cuts even more inexcusable

Larissa Waters 4 Mar 2015

The Australian Greens are calling for the Abbott Government to match its rhetoric on domestic violence with the reversal of its funding cuts to services women rely on to escape violence.

"While we welcome the government's announcement today of $30 million for a national awareness raising campaign, what women urgently need is for the government to reverse its funding cuts," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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