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Abbott Government needs to take domestic violence seriously

Larissa Waters 6 Jul 2015

The Abbott Government must take note of the Essential Research poll released today showing 74 per cent of Australians believe domestic violence is as or more threatening than terrorism.

"While the community is taking domestic violence seriously, the Abbott Government has still failed to reverse its cuts to domestic violence services," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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Greens call on NSW Government to stop taxing NSW women’s periods

Larissa Waters 10 Jun 2015

The Greens will join with 'Stop Taxing My Period' campaign organiser Subeta Vimalarajah in Sydney on Wednesday to call on the NSW Government to hurry up and get on board with ending the tampon tax.

Ms Vimalarajah's online petition topped 100,000 signatures over the long weekend but the NSW Government is still refusing to join other states in agreeing the tax should be scrapped.

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Senator Hanson-Young has won her defamation case against Bauer Media's publication, ZOO magazine for their article entitled "ZOO's Asylum Seeker Bikini Plan", published in July 2012.

The Senator received a verdict and judgment in her favour in the Supreme Court of New South Wales on Thursday 4June 2015. 

As part of the agreement Bauer Media's publication, ZOO magazine, will publish an apology to Senator Hanson-Young on their website.

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Big parties’ failure to support domestic violence leave is abhorrent

Larissa Waters 27 May 2015

The Australian Greens have long called for domestic violence leave and are disappointed at the big parties' failure to back the ACTU's proposal.

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

"It's deeply disappointing that both big parties appear to be rejecting the ACTU's proposal for domestic violence leave, championed by our brave, determined Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty.

"While Bill Shorten has made some noncommittal remarks, Labor is failing to back the desperately needed proposal.

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Abbott Government must not delay on ending the tampon tax

Larissa Waters 26 May 2015

The Australian Greens will keep up the pressure in the federal Parliament to make sure the tampon tax is removed, after Treasurer Hockey's commitment last night to raise this matter with the states. 

"GST should have never applied to tampons and pads in the first place," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

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Budget cruelly misses opportunity to address national domestic violence crisis

Larissa Waters 13 May 2015

The Abbott Government's budget does nothing  to help domestic violence victims and survivors and locks in many of last year's domestic violence funding cuts. 

"For all of the government's rhetoric about domestic violence, its budget is a missed opportunity to address this tragic national crisis," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"After the interim Senate Inquiry report, the Government  reversed some of the worst funding cuts to legal centres and extended a homelessness program for a limited period.

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Abbott Government giving with one hand and taking with other on domestic violence prevention funding

Larissa Waters 27 Apr 2015

The Australian Greens are calling on the Abbott Government to reinstate funding for healthy relationships programs in schools or risk undermining the effectiveness of its new advertising campaign against domestic violence.

"The Abbott Government is giving with one hand and taking with the other when it comes to funding to change cultural attitudes of gender inequality that lead to domestic violence," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.   

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