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Equal Pay Day

That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 1 September 2009 marked Equal Pay Day, almost 40 years after women formally achieved the right to equal pay, and
(ii) women have to work more than 2 months more to earn the same as men in an ordinary year;
(b) recognises that:
(i) women working full-time in Australia continue to earn, on average, approximately 17 per cent less than men, and
(ii) not only do women earn less than men on average, they can expect on average half the superannuation of men in retirement; and

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Greens write to Roxon, urging federal role in resolving dangerous inconsistency around abortion legality

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has written to federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, urging her to convene an emergency meeting with state and territory health ministers and attorneys-general to resolve the inconsistency around Australia’s abortion laws.

Medical abortion services were recently suspended in Queensland following a lack of clarity around their legal status, forcing women to seek treatment interstate.

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Greens urge Roxon to intervene in abortion stand-off

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Federal Health Minister to convene an emergency meeting of all state and territory health ministers and attorneys-general, as Queensland's abortion law stand-off continues.

Queensland hospitals have recently suspended medical abortion services as medical abortions are still technically illegal under Queensland criminal law, leading to women being referred interstate for treatment or facing the prospect of an abortion in their own home.

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Greens urge ACTU to back 26 weeks’ paid parental leave as workplace entitlement

The Greens have called on the Australian Council of Trade Unions to back a 26-week paid parental leave scheme at its Congress next week, in line with what the Greens’ parental leave bill offers.

The Congress will push for a broadening of the Federal Government’s proposed 18-week paid parental leave scheme to 26 weeks, and for it to include superannuation payments, it was reported today.

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Govt has hands off the wheel as ABC Learning fallout continues

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says that the Federal Government must intervene to protect childcare workers’ jobs and the stability of children’s care, as the fallout from last November’s ABC Learning collapse continues.

Today is the deadline for ABC Learning’s court-appointed receiver, PPB, to sell the 241 centres deemed unviable under the ABC Learning model. Reports say the fate of all of these centres is still not known, and that some workers have lost their jobs.

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Call for Government action on misconduct in sporting codes

The Senate

(a)   recognises:

(i)            the need for cultural change within some sporting organisations relating to problems including violence, and attitudes towards women; and

(ii)           the high regard in which professional sportspeople are held in this country, and the role model status that they hold for young Australians; 


(b)   calls on the Government to:

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Senate supports Greens’ call for national conversation on sport shame

The Greens have received Senate support for their call for Government action on recent examples of serious behavioural transgressions in professional sport, including sexual misconduct, violence and aggression towards women.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Sport and the Status of Women, this morning moved a motion calling on the Federal Government to facilitate dialogue with representatives from all sporting codes and investigate a possible universal code of conduct, which the Senate supported.

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Greens introduce Bill for 26 weeks’ paid parental leave

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young introduced her Private Member’s Bill to provide for 26 weeks’ paid parental leave in the Senate this afternoon, with the aim of securing government-funded leave for Australian parents before 2011.

The Greens announced last month that Senator Hanson-Young would introduce the Bill, in light of widespread community support for such a scheme, and a lack of Government commitment to paid parental leave at the time.

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