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Greens won’t stand for any roll back of women’s healthcare rights

Janet Rice 15 Mar 2017

The Australian Greens have vowed to fight a push by the Australian Christian Lobby for Australia to copy President Trump’s ban on foreign aid funding for abortion services.

“This is an irresponsible campaign that would just send women to dangerous underground clinics,” said the Australian Greens acting spokesperson for women Senator Janet Rice.

Under a similar ban instituted under John Howard in a horse-trade deal with Senator Brian Harradine, maternal deaths in Papua New Guinea jumped a horrific 56 per cent. The ban has since been scrapped.

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Greens to Turnbull: scrap DV legal cuts for International Women’s Day

Janet Rice 8 Mar 2017

The Greens have urged the Prime Minister to mark International Women’s Day by scrapping plans to cut $34 million from funding for community legal centres that provide domestic violence services.

“Despite professing to care about gender equality, the Coalition government still plans to cut $34 million of core funding from crucial frontline legal services for women and children fleeing domestic violence,” said the Australian Greens acting spokesperson for women Senator Janet Rice.   

“These may be Abbott-era cuts, but they have now become Turnbull’s responsibility.

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Paid Parental Leave

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has urged the crossbench to put working mums first in their negotiations with the Government on paid parental leave.

“Let’s be clear. Delaying the start date to save women who are currently pregnant does not make up for the fact that these changes, whenever passed, will hurt parents.

“Delaying the effect of the Bill by a year isn’t the same as standing up for women’s rights in the workplace and members of the crossbench cannot walk both sides of this issue.

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Pay gag clauses being used to punish women who ask for pay equity

Larissa Waters 27 Oct 2016

Evidence today to the Senate Education and Employment Committee from academic experts about the gender pay gap has revealed a concerning trend that some employers are using “pay gag clauses” against women challenge unequal pay.

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

“Evidence today from witnesses suggested that ‘pay gag clauses’ are being enforced by 50 – 90% of private sector organisations according to forthcoming studies. 

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Greens motion to condemn Trump

The Australian Greens have introduced a motion that will allow the Senate to condemn the racist and sexist comments made by Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said, "Donald trump has once again shown himself to be a sexist and racist pig who is completely unfit for office.

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Greens announce plan to prevent domestic violence by achieving gender equality working with schools, sports clubs and businesses

Larissa Waters 20 Jun 2016

The Greens today announced their $46 million plan over 6 years to prevent violence against women, which supports women's financial independence, secures Our Watch funding, assists sports clubs to make cultural change and supports the national roll out of Respectful Relationships programs in schools.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale said the prevention plan builds on the Greens' commitments of $5 billion over ten years for frontline domestic violence services and $60 million to put safety first in Family Law. 

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Greens call on old parties to match funding commitment to WA domestic violence services

Rachel Siewert 13 Jun 2016

 

The Greens today called on the old parties to match their funding commitment of $54 million per year over ten years for specialist domestic violence services in Western Australia as part of a $5 billion 10-year plan.

In Perth at Women's Health and Family Services, which provides domestic violence services including counselling, advocacy and support, Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Larissa Waters, said:

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Greens spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, responds to Labor’s domestic violence announcement today

Larissa Waters 11 Jun 2016

"This is a step in the right direction from Labor but it doesn't provide adequate, long-term funding for the sector and falls short of providing 10 days domestic violence leave per year.

"In consultation with the sector, we Greens have developed a plan for a $5 billion package over ten years to provide long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services, such as women's shelters, crisis phone services and perpetrator programs.

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