In the lead up to V-Day today - a peaceful global event by One Billion Rising protesting violence against women – the Greens and Labor condemned all forms of violence against women in a joint motion that passed the Senate last week (text below).
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:46): I seek leave to move a motion in relation to the response by the Premier of South Australia and the New South Wales Minister for Industrial Relations to the motion on domestic violence.
Senator RHIANNON: I move: That the Senate take note of the response.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:29): The Greens support the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012. We recognise that the measures set out here are quite minimal, but they still do provide some improvements for women in the workplace.
The Coalition’s attempt to water down measures designed to improve women’s equity at work, by seeking to amend the government’s Equality Opportunity for Women at Work bill, is a worrying omen of things to come for women under an Abbott government, says Greens spokesperson for women Senator Lee Rhiannon (“Flexibility at work is new norm under equality laws,” SMH p 7 today : http://tinyurl.com/9m6jh4cy).
Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon has congratulated Marie Stopes International for achieving a breakthrough in availability for the 'abortion drug' RU486, following news that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) today approved an application to import the drug into Australia.
"This decision will break down barriers women face to accessing RU486, especially women on low-incomes and those living in regional areas," said Senator Rhiannon.
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 pushing for urgent action to tackle Australia’s domestic violence crisis, with more than one woman per week dying at the hands of a current or former partner. Front line services, shelters and housing providers are overstretched and underfunded. We must make sure no-one facing violence is left to walk alone. 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. 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 stand up for gender equality against outdated conservative attitudes.
Authorised by D. Lawson, Australian Greens, Parliament House, Canberra 2600