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Greens will move to protect women’s right to choose safe homebirth

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.

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Women worried about ALP’s IR laws

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.

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Workplace Relations & Women

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.

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Greens hold forum on Women & IR

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.


Tomorrow, the Australian Greens are holding a forum to look at the impacts of Work Choices and Welfare to Work on women and consider the best way forward for new fairer industrial relations and welfare systems.


"Work Choices and Welfare to Work are leaving many Australian women with no choices," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Government ignores single mums

The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.

"The Howard Government's latest announcement of an increase in the Pensioners and Carers Utility Allowance merely highlights their disregard for the single parents in this country (85% of whom are single mothers)," said Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on community services, today.

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Women left with no choices

"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.


"The research is clearly showing that women are losing out under Work Choices through poorer working condition and less pay."

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Sunday Rally: JET child care changes unfair

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.

"Through this system, the Government is disadvantaging single parents (most of whom are women) who are trying to get a better education so they can provide a better future for their children," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens : Caring for Parents and Kids

Paid parental leave, affordable childcare and measures to balance work and family commitments are the cornerstones of building a brighter and more prosperous future, the Greens said today.


Launching the Greens' Caring for Parents and Kids initiative in Adelaide today, Senator Rachel Siewert said, "Australians are increasingly expressing concern with the impacts that working longer hours are having on the wellbeing of their families."

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