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Mark Latham’s sexist comments show urgent need for Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Larissa Waters 22 Jan 2016

Mark Latham's appalling comments about our admirable outgoing Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, provide even more evidence the Liberal Government must stop delaying its already overdue appointment of a Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

"There is absolutely no excuse for domestic violence," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

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People power stops sexist ‘pick up artist’ tour

Larissa Waters 19 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens congratulate the online community campaign that has successfully put a stop to Real Social Dynamics' Australian tour or sexist 'pick up artist' seminars.

"When Australians stand together to speak out against violence and sexism we can prevail," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"It's disgraceful that one of the sexist seminars, which promote choking, threatening and abusing women, was reportedly able to go ahead before Jeff Allen left the country.

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Revoke visa to stop promotion of violence and sexism

Larissa Waters 18 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens are calling on the Liberal Government to stop more sexist 'dating' seminars, which promote choking, threatening and abusing women, from going ahead in Australia.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, is calling on Minister Dutton to revoke the visa of seminar presenter Jeff Allen, a colleague of Julien Blanc.

"It's disgraceful that the government has reportedly already failed to stop one of these events, which promote domestic violence, from going ahead in Australia," Senator Waters said.

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Domestic violence and MYEFO

Larissa Waters 15 Dec 2015

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, comments on domestic violence and the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

"The Liberal Government has failed to provide any new funding for services or prevention to solve our domestic violence crisis.

"What's worse, the Outlook locks in Tony Abbott's $44 million cut to crisis shelters and his $12 million cut to community legal centres to take effect in 2017.

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PM doesn’t need a summit to fix domestic violence cuts in MYEFO

Larissa Waters 11 Dec 2015

The Australian Greens welcome COAG's announcement of a domestic violence summit and a deadline for national DVO legislation, but cuts must be restored and funding increased for domestic violence services and prevention in the MYEFO next Tuesday.

"While we welcome the first ministers' domestic violence announcements, they will not stop women being turned away from over-stretched refuges and legal centres," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"We welcome a summit, but the cuts to services can be fixed right away. 

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Workplace Gender Equality Agency data shows women paid a quarter less than men

Larissa Waters 26 Nov 2015

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency's annual data on the gender pay gap, out today, shows the gap is even worse when bonuses, allowances and superannuation are taken into account

"When bonuses, allowances and superannuation are taken into account, the gender pay gap for full-time work is a staggering 24 per cent," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"It's seriously unacceptable that in 2015, women only earn about three quarters that of men for full-time work.

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Senate Inquiry into preventing domestic violence by challenging gender inequality

Larissa Waters 25 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens have successfully established a Senate Inquiry on preventing domestic violence by challenging societal attitudes of gender inequality and rigid gender stereotypes.

The inquiry will also look at how these stereotypes are communicated to children and young people, including through the marketing of toys and other products, as well as media, entertainment and education.

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Economic cost of domestic violence must be factored into MYEFO and budget

Larissa Waters 23 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to factor the Our Watch report on the economic cost of violence against women, released today, into MYEFO and next year's budget.

The report shows violence against women costs the economy $21.7 billion a year and that one million Australian women endured physical or sexual violence, emotional abuse or stalking in the last year.

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Senate wishes ‘happy 40th birthday’ to Women’s House – Queensland’s oldest women’s shelter

Larissa Waters 10 Nov 2015

The Senate has this afternoon supported an Australian Greens' motion marking the 40th birthday of Brisbane's Women's House - Queensland's oldest women's shelter.

"Women's House has saved the lives of many Queensland women and children over its 40 years," Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"We are fortunate to have Australia's oldest independent women's shelter in our state, which I have had the opportunity to visit to learn about its eventful history and the invaluable work it carries on today.

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