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Tampon tax must go – old parties need to get with the times and get rid of sexist tax

Larissa Waters 9 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens are disappointed that both the old parties are giving up on ending the tampon tax.

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

"While the old parties make excuses, Australian women continue to fork out $50 million a year in a tax on their bodies.

"We Greens will not give up on ending the tampon tax - we'll continue to work in the next Parliament to see it scrapped.

"It's discriminatory to exempt condoms or sunscreen from GST but charge women GST for essential items.

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Greens launch domestic violence package in Sydney

Lee Rhiannon 3 Jun 2016

Last night in Newtown Greens candidate Sylvie Ellsmore was joined by Senator Larissa Waters, Senator Lee Rhiannon, Greens NSW MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi and Greens women candidates from Blaxland, Banks, Dobell, Warringah and Watson to launch the Greens package to end domestic violence. 

The Greens have made the biggest funding commitment of any party to address domestic violence. The Greens plan would: 

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Greens commit $5 billion in long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services

Larissa Waters 26 May 2016

The Australian Greens have today announced a $5 billion plan over ten years to provide long-term, secure funding for domestic violence services, as part of a comprehensive domestic violence services package.   

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

"Australia is in the middle of a domestic violence crisis, with vulnerable women being turned away from women's shelters to face violence or homelessness, due to a lack of funding.

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Greens announce national plan for legal, accessible and affordable abortion

Larissa Waters 24 May 2016

The Australian Greens today announced a $15 million plan to improve the accessibility and affordability of abortion nationally. 

Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said 80 per cent of Australians supported a woman’s right to choose.

“Abortion should be legal, accessible and affordable. Access to abortion is part of every woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.

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Inadequate domestic violence funding which lasts only until just after the election

Larissa Waters 4 May 2016

The Turnbull Budget locks in Abbott's cuts to domestic violence services and subjects women's legal and housing services, which help women escape violence, to massive funding cuts from next financial year.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens deputy leader and spokesperson for women, said:

"We are in a national domestic violence crisis.  Services are underfunded and overstretched, but despite the Prime Minister's rhetoric about domestic violence the Budget fails the victims of domestic violence. 

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Greens announce doubling of funding for women’s shelters and call for federal budget funding

Larissa Waters 29 Apr 2016

The Greens have announced a plan to double funding for women’s shelters and are calling on the Turnbull Government to reverse its domestic violence funding cuts and boost funding in next week’s budget.

At Women’s House Shelta, the oldest women’s shelter in Brisbane, today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said:

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Domestic violence advertising campaign must come with boost to crisis funding for women who reach out as a result

Larissa Waters 20 Apr 2016

With the launch today of the advertising campaign to tackle attitudes that allow domestic violence to fester, the Greens are calling for the Turnbull Government to urgently reverse its cuts to crisis services and boost funding.

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

"We absolutely need to raise awareness and change attitudes about domestic violence and gender equality but doing so without boosting funding to crisis services, which are currently having to turn women away, is dangerous.

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Legal Aid urgently needs funding boost given high demand for domestic violence family law services

Larissa Waters 18 Apr 2016

With new analysis showing 79 per cent of Legal-Aid-assisted family law cases include domestic violence, the Greens today renewed their call for the Coalition Government to boost funding for Legal Aid.

"The demand for domestic violence legal help is so tragically high that it is a factor in the bulk of family law cases assisted by Legal Aid," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.                                

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