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Senate supports private midwives

The Senate today passed a motion calling for immediate action on the obstacles facing privately practicing midwives in Australia.

"The government set aside $120 million in 2010 for midwives in private practice to access Medicare and the PBS, but hardly any have been able to do so," said Dr Richard Di Natale, the Greens Spokesperson on Health. "Because they can't get visiting access rights, they can't be by their patients if they get admitted to public hospitals."

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Fix budget failure for 'Bsafe' domestic violence program

The Gillard government continues to baulk at funding the continuation and expansion of the highly successful Victorian Bsafe domestic violence pilot which provides personal safety alarms to women and children at risk of domestic violence. A motion by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon was agreed to by the Senate today, however Labor Senators voiced opposition to it in the chamber (full motion below).

Greens Senator and spokesperson for women Lee Rhiannon said:

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Motion: Senate supports private midwives

Motions, Thursday 10 May 2012

Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (12:13): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 743 standing in my name and in the name of Senator Rhiannon. I also indicate that I will be adding the name of Senator Pratt to the motion.

Leave granted.

Senator DI NATALE: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

   (a)    notes that:

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Motion: Domestic Violence and Bsafe

Motions, Thursday 10 May 2012

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:13): I move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes that:

      (i)   25 November 2011 commemorates the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women -White Ribbon Day,

      (ii)   domestic violence occurs in every geographic area and in all socio-economic and cultural groups in Australia, in particular in regional and rural Australia and Indigenous communities,

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Women and super: Greens call for reform to address inequity

Ensuring women have sufficient superannuation to last them in retirement demands that the government address policy settings around superannuation that negatively impact upon women, says Greens Senator and women's spokesperson Lee Rhiannon ("Money crunch forces women back to work", Sydney Morning Herald today).

"A plan to address the gender gap in retirement income is something the Federal Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins should put at the top of her 'to do' list," Senator Rhiannon said.

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End Bankstown trial of income management and consult with locals: Greens

The Australian Greens have vowed to oppose the Bankstown trial of income management following last night's release of the Senate Inquiry into the Stronger Futures legislation report and evidence given to the committee questioning whether the government consulted with locals before announcing the Bankstown trial.

Bankstown is one of five locations nationally where the government is set to trial compulsory income management from 1 July 2012.

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