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Greens introduce bill to end pay gag clauses that leave women earning less

Larissa Waters 17 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens have today introduced a bill to the Federal Parliament to help close the gender pay gap by ending gag clauses in employment contracts.

"When pay is set in secret deals and employees aren't allowed to discuss the outcome women lose out," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"In the private sector, it's common practice for contracts to include gag clauses that prevent workers from discussing their pay with one another. 

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Speech: Domestic violence

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:06): How wonderful was the news that Rosie Batty was to be the Australian of the Year. It was a most important decision. The Baird Liberal government in New South Wales, however, is not doing enough to protect the women and children fleeing from domestic violence. When you look at what is happening in my home state you really wonder if they have listened to the Australian of the Year.

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Greens’ bill to end pay gag clauses for Equal Pay Day

Larissa Waters 4 Sep 2015

On Equal Pay Day today, the Australian Greens are finalising a bill to introduce to Parliament in the next sitting period to end gag clauses in employment contracts that leave women earning less.

"We know the gender pay gap is worst where pay is kept secret," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

"In the private sector, it's common practice for contracts to include gag clauses that prevent workers from discussing their pay with one another. 

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Abbott Government should adopt recommendations of tri-partisan domestic violence Senate Inquiry

Larissa Waters 20 Aug 2015

The Australian Greens welcome the tri-partisan support for the domestic violence Senate Inquiry recommendations, released this afternoon, however the recommendations do not go far enough to end this national emergency.

Australian Greens spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, who established the inquiry, said:

 "Now is a critical moment, when national attention has focused on domestic violence like never before. This moment is an opportunity for action which must be seized.

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100 000-strong Stop Taxing my Period petition to be tabled in Parliament ahead of Treasurers’ decision tomorrow

Larissa Waters 20 Aug 2015

The Greens will table the Stop Taxing my Period petition, with more than 100 000 signatories, in the federal Senate today, ahead of the COAG Treasurers' meeting on Friday.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, who will table the petition at about 11:50 am, said:

"When the treasurers meet on Friday, women across Australia will be counting on them to finally end this sexist tax.

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

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Greens support Senate inquiry into women’s retirement income

Adam Bandt 18 Aug 2015

The Greens welcome tri-partisan support for the Senate Inquiry into the gender retirement income gap, established in the Senate late yesterday.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women and co-sponsor of the move for a Senate Inquiry, said:

"Women retire with far less savings than men, after a lifetime of a gender pay gap and a greater share of unpaid caring responsibilities.

"With the fastest growing cohort of homeless being older women, it's timely for the Senate to examine the structural inequities which are seeing women retire in poverty.

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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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SARAH HANSON-YOUNG WINS DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST ZOO MAGAZINE

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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