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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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Millions needed to fix Reef’s water quality but Newman gives money away to big mining companies

New research shows $784 million is needed to improve Great Barrier Reef water quality, even before new the coal mines and ports, supported by the major parties, are built.

“Even though the Reef is already struggling, the Newman Government is set to make its water quality even worse,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“The Newman Government is paying to dump the dredge spoil from the Abbot Point port expansion in the Caley Valley wetlands.

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Newman gives mining magnates free rein over Queensland’s precious water

The Newman Government’s legislation, expected to pass today, letting big mining companies use up billions of litres of water without a licence rips off Queenslanders and the environment.

“The Newman Government is letting the big mining companies take all the water they want, regardless of the needs of farmers or the need for environmental flows in the Reef catchment,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Greens Queensland Senator Larissa Waters on Gladstone ABC outpost being cut:

Greens Queensland Senator Larissa Waters on Gladstone ABC outpost being cut:

“Before the election, Tony Abbott said there would be no cuts to the ABC and now we’re losing the Gladstone ABC office and locally based staff.

“The Capricornia community is copping the brunt of Tony Abbott’s latest broken promise.

“Local coverage is essential in allowing detailed, informed debate of issues that matter in the region and in acting as a platform for the rest of the world to hear about these stories.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, on the gender wealth gap and Minister Bishop’s comments about sexism in Harper’s Bazaar:

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2014

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, on the gender wealth gap and Minister Bishop’s comments about sexism in Harper’s Bazaar:

“With new research by Curtin University showing that Australia’s gender wealth gap, like our gender pay gap, is widening; it’s frustrating that Minister Bishop’s advice to women is to stop whingeing.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, comments on the Abbott Government’s one-stop shop, which is not included in today’s repeal day bill, despite the government’s rhetoric

The Abbott Government is so desperate to please its big business buddies that it’s making out like there’s progress on the one-stop shop, when actually it’s dead.

“It’s utterly bizarre that the Abbott Government keeps talking about the one-stop shop today, when it’s not even included in its repeal day bill

“The Abbott Government knows that its enabling legislation for the one-stop shop is in the Senate and the Greens have secured the numbers to stop it.

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Minister Macfarlane’s gas push risks land, water and communities

The Australian Greens condemn the Abbott Government’s Energy Minister Ian Macfarlane’s push to “flood the market” with gas, including by trying to bully NSW into developing its own coal seam gas fields and the NT and SA into dangerous fracking and mega pipelines, as reported today.

“Communities are being forced to protect their land and water from gas through protest but the Abbott Government is ignoring them and instead pushing for even more fracked gas,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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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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