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Six Months Plus Super Is the Way Forward

The Federal Government's take-it-or-leave-it approach to its less-than-desirable 18-week paid parental leave plan will not deliver the support Australian families need, according to Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women, says the Greens have had legislation on the table since May last year to provide six months of paid parental leave, plus superannuation payments.

It remains the only piece of legislation on this issue before Parliament today.

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Families Must Come Before Politics on Parental Leave

The Australian Greens have urged the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to set aside election year politicking to help deliver proper paid parental leave, according to Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on the Status of Women, says it is vital that all sides of politics co-operate to ensure that there is a paid parental scheme in place before the next federal election.

"It is reassuring to see how far we have come in twelve months on paid parental leave,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Greens Call for Early Senate Discussions on Parental Leave

The Australian Greens are calling on both major parties to move swiftly to lock in the best possible result for families on paid parental leave ahead of the next Federal election, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

With the Opposition now proposing a 26-week parental scheme and the Government's plan not yet introduced, the Greens are writing to both Tony Abbott and the Prime Minister proposing tri-partisan talks ahead of this year's budget to ensure a scheme can be delivered by January 2011 at the latest.

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Take A Stand On International Women's Day, P.M.

It's time for the Federal Government to get serious about standing up for the rights of women, both here and overseas, according to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for the Status of Women, says that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should acknowledge International Women's Day today by committing to direct action to tackle some of the biggest problems facing women.

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Australia must act to protect region’s mothers

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Australian Government can no longer ignore the fact that women are dying on our doorstep in horrific numbers while giving life.

This week the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development’s Open Hearing on Maternal Health in the Pacific has heard evidence that Papua New Guinea has the worst rate of maternal death in the Pacific, a situation which has worsened in the last decade.

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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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