Women

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 We will continue to fight it in all its forms and defend the rights of women against outdated conservative attitudes.

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Studying single mums forced into child care debt

25 Jun 2007

"Many single mums are being forced to drop out of degrees and take on huge debts since the Government changed its eligibility criteria for childcare assistance while studying," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Many single mums are being forced to drop out of degrees and take on huge debts since the Government changed its eligibility criteria for childcare assistance while studying," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Greens: Apply new baby bonus rules to all

12 Jun 2007

The Greens want all parents to receive the Baby Bonus in fortnightly payments, not just those under the age of 18.

The Greens will today seek to amend the Government's baby bonus legislation to extend fortnightly payments to all recipients unless a lump sum is specifically approved.

The Greens want all parents to receive the Baby Bonus in fortnightly payments, not just those under the age of 18.


The Greens will today seek to amend the Government's baby bonus legislation to extend fortnightly payments to all recipients unless a lump sum is specifically approved.

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The statistics Hockey didn't mention - women

30 May 2007

"The ABS statistics released today on working hours show women are losing out in our workplaces," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"More women than men are working multiple jobs. 58% of employees who work more than one job are women. This startling statistic is a consequence of government policies that have reduced many women to needing to take more than one part-time job to make ends meet," she said.

"The government's Welfare to Work regime forces single mothers to take any job they are offered, while changes to the Job, Employment and Training (JET) program effectively prevents these women from studying and therefore reduces opportunities for better work. As a result many women are being forced into low paid unskilled jobs."

"The ABS statistics released today on working hours show women are losing out in our workplaces," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"More women than men are working multiple jobs. 58% of employees who work more than one job are women. This startling statistic is a consequence of government policies that have reduced many women to needing to take more than one part-time job to make ends meet," she said.

"The government's Welfare to Work regime forces single mothers to take any job they are offered, while changes to the Job, Employment and Training (JET) program effectively prevents these women from studying and therefore reduces opportunities for better work. As a result many women are being forced into low paid unskilled jobs."

speeches-in-parliament

RU486 - who decides?

08 Feb 2006

In rising to address the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for approval of RU486) Bill 2005, I would like to clarify what exactly is the question that we senators are being asked to address and ultimately decide on tomorrow. Before I do that, I would like to congratulate the proponents of this bill on having the guts to put it up in the face of a lot of opposition from what I believe is a minority-but a noisy minority-in the community. In doing so, I am mindful that there has been extensive media coverage, public debate and constituent lobbying, much of which I believe has been tangential to the question, if not misleading.

In rising to address the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for approval of RU486) Bill 2005, I would like to clarify what exactly is the question that we senators are being asked to address and ultimately decide on tomorrow. Before I do that, I would like to congratulate the proponents of this bill on having the guts to put it up in the face of a lot of opposition from what I believe is a minority-but a noisy minority-in the community. In doing so, I am mindful that there has been extensive media coverage, public debate and constituent lobbying, much of which I believe has been tangential to the question, if not misleading.

speeches-in-parliament

Women, Work and Family

13 Oct 2005

I am deeply disappointed that the government firstly refused the extension and secondly will no doubt object to this motion as well. Don't they want scrutiny of the impacts of their proposals? As a community, we need to know the full ramifications of the legislation that is going to come before this place. We need to know what has happened in the past with various industrial agreements.

I am deeply disappointed that the government firstly refused the extension and secondly will no doubt object to this motion as well. Don't they want scrutiny of the impacts of their proposals? As a community, we need to know the full ramifications of the legislation that is going to come before this place. We need to know what has happened in the past with various industrial agreements.

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