The Greens have a long and proud history of standing up for Australian women.
We believe in equality for all women in all aspects of life and are committed to seeing these values reflected in our laws and society.
The Greens are committed to ensuring that all women receive equal pay for equal work and have equal opportunity to succeed in male dominated industries.
We believe all women should have access to family-friendly workplaces, flexible hours and affordable child-care. All women have the inalienable right to be free from violence. That’s why we are dedicated to providing adequately funded health care, housing and crisis services to combat the negative effects on domestic family violence victims.
We will always stand up for a woman’s right to choose and access to free, confidential women’s health services.
There is no place for gender discrimination in our society. We will continue to fight it in all its forms and defend the rights of women against outdated conservative attitudes.
07 Sep 2009
Senator Rachel Siewert speaks at the homebirths rally at Parliament House, Canberra.
31 Jul 2009
Plans by the Federal Government for national registration of all health professionals will result in midwives in private practice being unable to seek registration on the basis of their inability to obtain professional indemnity insurance.
The Greens believe women have the right to choose safe homebirths, and will amend this proposed legislation to ensure that mothers continue to have the option of a homebirth with the assistance of a registered midwife, without incurring huge financial penalties.
31 Jul 2009
The Greens will move in the Senate to protect the rights of women to choose safe homebirths if the Government does not change its proposed legislation, Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
The Greens will move amendments to legislation on midwife services when it comes into the Senate in the coming weeks to ensure that mothers continue to have the option of a homebirth with the assistance of a registered midwife, without incurring huge financial penalties.
12 Nov 2008
Today, Senator Siewert told stories of women workers currently finding life very difficult under Work Choices and wondering what their working lives will be like under Forward with Fairness.
The stories were taken from a booklet prepared by Asian Women at Work called ‘Cries from the Workplace: 20 women, 20 stories'. The women outline what they want from fair workplace laws, including broad minimum legal protection, unfair dismissal laws, stronger anti-bullying laws and removal of restrictions in unions' rights of entry.
"We haven't seen the Government's Forward with Fairness legislation yet but on the basis of the implementation plan and the Minister's public comments so far we believe that Forward with Fairness will not be meeting the needs of many Australian workers," said Australian Greens spokesperson on industrial relations Senator Rachel Siewert.
12 Nov 2008
I would like today to address the issues of what workers are saying they need from Forward with Fairness and the change to the industrial relations laws. I want to tell the stories of workers themselves who are currently finding life very difficult under Work Choices and wondering what their working lives will be like under Forward with Fairness. These stories will illustrate the potential gaps in the Forward with Fairness policy. I say ‘potential' because as yet we have not seen the legislation, but, on the basis of the Forward with Fairness implementation plan and the minister's public statements so far, I feel a great deal of concern that in fact the proposed changes will not be meeting the needs of many Australian workers.
06 Nov 2007
The coalition has once again shown contempt for the hurt that Work Choices is causing many working people in Australia.
"The policy released today by Mr Hockey is nothing more than a thin veneer of window dressing on the harmful and unfair Work Choices regime," said Senator Rachel Siewert.
05 Nov 2007
In December 2006 the Howard Government rushed into law two pieces of legislation that are having a disastrous effect on many women in our community - Work Choices and Welfare to Work.
25 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.
16 Oct 2007
"Work Choices and Welfare to Work are leaving many Australian women with no choices", said Senator Rachel Siewert.
Each of these two measures, Work Choices and Welfare to Work, are hurting women. Together they represent a direct attack on a particularly vulnerable group in our community.
14 Oct 2007
From 1 July last year, child-care fee assistance under the Jobs Education and Training program (JET) was cut back to only include courses of study or training of up to 12 months for new participants.