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Cross-Party Support needed for women on boards

The Australian Greens have welcomed Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey's comments that he would back enforced quotas that ensure 30 percent of board positions are occupied by women, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day Senator Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on Status of Women, says the time has come for change in Australian boardrooms, and the Federal Government must lead the way.

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Lots to celebrate, still a long way to go

Women have made some pretty incredible gains in the 21 years since Carmen Lawrence became the first woman premier in Australia.

Since then there have been women premiers in every state except South Australia (it seems that, for Mike Rann, no women are eligible for promotion in his boys-club cabinet) and we have women leading Queensland, NSW and Tasmania, along with women as Prime Minister and Governor-General.

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Where Does The Government Stand On Closing The Pay Gap

The Federal Government must make clear whether it is still committed to reducing the pay gap between men and women in Australia, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women, says the need to close the gap is real and urgent.

"The Greens are very concerned about today's reports on the Federal Government's move to back away from real action on tackling the pay disparity between men and women,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens Want Australia To Act As A Good Neighbour In The Pacific Region

Australia needs to live up to its responsibilities in the Pacific Region by acting as a good neighbour to other countries according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Human Rights, says the Greens have a comprehensive plan for Australia to play a proper role in the region and help improve health, educational and humanitarian outcomes in developing countries.

"Australia is one of the wealthiest and most stable countries in the Pacific region,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens Plan For Quality, Affordable, Accessible Childcare For Australian Families

The Australian Greens have released an effective plan to deal with the problems of the childcare sector and the needs of the families who rely on it, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Speaking in Brisbane, Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Early Childhood Education, says the Greens have developed a series of initiatives to help deliver a better service that values children and provides support to families.

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Statement on Childcare

Statement by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on Early Childhood Education:

"The Federal Government's announcement that it will pay the childcare rebate fortnightly rather than quarterly is a win for families, thanks to the Greens.

"The Greens moved the amendment to the Government's budget measure because we wanted to ease the burden on families who are trying to afford the costs of care for their children.

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Families Need Faster Childcare Rebate

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to take real action to help families with childcare costs by accepting a Greens amendment to its childcare budget measures legislation, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Early Childhood Education, says the amendment accepted by the Senate to allow payment of the childcare rebate on a fortnightly rather than quarterly basis is a simple, effective, way to support families.

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Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Bill 2010 - Second Reading Speech

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (1.19 pm) - I rise to speak on the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Budget Measures) Bill 2010 put forward, sadly, by the government on budget night. It is going to have a significant impact on families who access child care right around the country - and the pain will grow not just for the coming financial year but across the forward estimates.

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Statement Responding to the Passage of Paid Parental Leave Legislation

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on the Status of Women:

"We welcome the fact that Australia finally has a Paid Parental Leave scheme, but the scheme's inadequacies mean that our work is not yet finished.

"This is an historic day, as Federal Parliament has achieved something that supporters of parental leave have sought for 30 years.

"It is, however, only one step on the road to achieving the scheme that we need.

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