Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt has given notice of a private member's bill allowing employers to boost superannuation payments to women employees.
The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Boosting Superannuation for Women) Bill 2014 will ensure employers are able to contribute more super for women employees than male employees without being considered to have breached anti-discrimination legislation.
The Senate has called on the Government to establish a national inquiry into the violence, neglect and abuse against people with disability in residential, institutional and home care settings.
The motion was moved by Senator Siewert, and read:
a) That an unacceptably high number of people with disability are subjected to neglect, violence and abuse in residential, institutional and home care settings;
Media statement, Wednesday, 26 September 2014.
Another attempt today at achieving Federal marriage equality in the Senate will fall flat unless coalition members are granted a conscience vote by the Prime Minister, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.
“Today a Liberal Democrat Senator has introduced the Freedom to Marry Bill that will not go anywhere if the Prime Minister does not allow the Liberal Party Room a conscience vote.
The Newman Government’s Port Bill allows open slather for dredging, dumping and port expansion in four areas of the Great Barrier Reef and doesn’t stop any dredging in the Reef that has already been applied for.
“This bill acts like an invitation to the World Heritage Committee to put the Great Barrier Reef on the ‘In Danger’ list,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
The Australian Greens said today that the underwhelming response to the Government's relationship counselling voucher scheme is a clear sign that it should be abandoned.
"The low number of people applying for vouchers under the Government's scheme is the obvious outcome of an ideologically-driven policy," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.