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Fund education to dismantle rape culture for International Women’s Day: Greens

Larissa Waters 8 Mar 2021

In the wake of recent parliamentary sexual abuse revelations and the petition started by Chanel Contos, the Greens have used International Women’s Day to call for $190 million to be allocated in the May Budget to fund respectful relationships education including sexual consent in all schools across the country.

$190 million over four years would support rolling out Our Watch’s respectful relationships education program, which has been successfully piloted in Victoria and Queensland.

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Parliamentary culture review welcome but not the panacea

The Greens have cautiously welcomed today’s announcement into a review of workplace culture in Federal Parliament but say a culture review alone is not enough.

“This long-overdue review into workplace culture in parliament by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner is a promising step towards making our workplace safe for women, but the proof will be in the pudding of whether the Government acts on the recommendations once they are made,” said Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on women.

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Christian Porter must stand down pending an independent inquiry

Larissa Waters 3 Mar 2021

The Attorney General must stand down and there must be an independent inquiry into the rape allegations, otherwise there will be a chilling effect on survivors speaking out, said the Greens today following the revelation of the identity of the cabinet minister.

“Today’s press conference by Christian Porter denying the rape allegations will have been extremely distressing to sexual assault survivors everywhere,” said Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson on women.

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Another internal review just continues the cover-up

Larissa Waters 19 Feb 2021

The Prime Minister has asked his former chief of staff, now head of his own department, to investigate what Prime Minister’s office knew about an alleged rape of a government staffer, which The Greens say is just perpetuating the cover up.
 
“Every day, more damning information comes out about the involvement of the Prime Minister’s Office.  We need to get to the bottom of it." said Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and spokesperson for women.
 

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Independent investigation and review critical to protect staff in political offices

Larissa Waters 17 Feb 2021

Response to PM’s letter
 
"The Greens welcome the apparent acknowledgement by the PM that the review of the complaints and support process should be conducted not by his Deputy Secretary but independently of government", said Senator Larissa Waters, Greens Leader in the Senate and Spokesperson for Women.
 
"Likewise, the Prime Minister should now make the culture review independent, not by a Liberal MP, and the Greens still assert that the Sex Discrimination Commissioner is best placed to do such a review.
 

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Parliament culture won't change without independent inquiry

Adam Bandt 16 Feb 2021

The Australian Greens have slammed the Prime Minister’s continued failures to address a toxic parliamentary culture today, calling for an independent inquiry into the failures in responding to Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape.

Greens Leader Adam Bandt also said that it was an issue with men’s behaviour that men needed to solve, and that the PM’s own words underscored his lack of understanding of the problem at hand.

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP said:

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Women stuck in the 1950s with this Government’s Budget

Larissa Waters 7 Oct 2020

This year’s Budget has failed women by failing to address the key drivers of women’s economic insecurity, tackle the domestic violence crisis, or combat gender inequality, Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Women, Senator Larissa Waters said.
 
“The 2020 Budget is bad for women. It has no new money for childcare, housing or frontline domestic violence services, the tax cuts are worth twice as much for men as women, and the women’s economic security statement is a mere $18 per Australian woman.
 

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DV Funding Leaves a Third of Women at Risk

Larissa Waters 29 Sep 2020

The long overdue announcement of the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation grants is welcome, but falls critically short of national demand and is no substitute for adequate funding in next week's Budget, Greens Senate Leader Larissa Waters said.  
 
“This funding is a fraction of the money needed to ensure women and children fleeing family violence have somewhere to go and get the support services they need,” Senator Waters, Greens spokesperson on Women, said.
 

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Government action needed to prevent more women being killed by violence

Larissa Waters 1 May 2020

The Greens are calling for an urgent crisis response to the number of women killed by violence  
following the murder of Brisbane-based mother Jacqueline Sturgess.


Media reports state her estranged partner has been charged with the domestic violence murder.


“After the shocking murder of Hannah Clarke and her children, the Prime Minister said more needed to be done.  

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