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Greens launch women’s policy: $5.3billion to end epidemic of domestic violence

Media Release
Larissa Waters 8 Mar 2019

The Greens have today announced their plan for equality for women which includes $5.3billion over 10 years to more adequately address the epidemic of family and domestic violence.

“The comprehensive suite of initiatives, designed to ensure women are safe, valued and treated as equals in private and public life, show the scale of work that needs to be done level the playing field for Australian women and girls,” Greens spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters said.

“Ten women have been killed in Australia this year already, after 69 last year, and yet the government has only committed $328million over three years towards tackling this crisis.

“The Greens are actually serious about ending violence against women. That’s why we have a fully costed plan to give $5.3billion over ten years, with $2.2 billion in the first four years, to ensure no DV survivor is turned away from crisis, support and housing services when they need help and that primary prevention programs are delivered to stop violence before it starts. This is the funding commitment it is going to take.”

The Greens will also create a $200 million Survivor Grant fund which will give up to 50,000 survivors of family and domestic violence, grants of up to $4000.

“The Survivor Grant fund will help approximately 1000 survivors of DV a month,” Senator Waters said.

“Money should not be a barrier to escaping violence whether it’s rent and housing costs, affording the basics like food and clothing, medical, health and wellbeing needs, we must support survivors to keep them safe.

“The Greens will also legislate for 10 days’ paid FDV leave so no woman has to choose between getting paid and being safe.”

The Greens policy for closing the gender wage gap will also improve economic security for women and in turn, reduce one of the main drivers of DV.

“Women deserve equal pay for equal work which is why we will set gender pay equality as an objective of awards and the Fair Work Act,” Senator Waters said.

“We will also legislate to ban ‘pay gag clauses’, which is a bill I’ve introduced previously to create transparency in organisations which is a critical factor in closing the gender wage gap.

“We want the paid parental leave arrangements extended to six months and affordable and accessible early childhood education so kids can get the best start and parents have financial security to give them that.

“Unpaid caring work is also significantly undervalued and so the Greens will task the Productivity Commission with investigating how best to value it.  Women do the majority of the caring roles and retire with half the super balance of men – this is unacceptable and consideration of caring credits is the first steps to ensuring carers are properly valued.”

Other aspects of the Greens equality for women policy include:

  • making abortion safe, accessible, legal and free in all public hospitals with funding for hospitals to perform abortions;
  • addressing the housing and homelessness crisis for older women;
  • keeping women safe from harassment and discrimination at work, online and on the street;
  • improving global equality for women through our development program;
  • making workplaces more family friendly; and
  • ensuring fairer superannuation for casual, part-time and low-income workers.

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