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Jobs Australia and ANU reports show CDP must be relegated to the policy dustbin

The disastrous failings of the Community Development Programme (CDP) in remote Australia have been criticised by Jobs Australia and the ANU, with reports released today that further highlight the programme is entrenching poverty and should be urgently overhauled.

 

“Ever since the CDP was introduced in remote Australia, the Australian Greens alongside the community have pointed out that the policy is harsh, unfair and discriminatory and will further entrench disadvantage.

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What Did The Greens Get Up To In final two weeks of Parliament in 2016?

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All parties need to work to solve bullying in the medical profession and further investigation of complaints process needed, senate committee reports

A Community Affairs References Committee that investigated the prevalence of cases of bullying and harassment in the Australian medical profession and the complaints process as a tool of harassment has tabled a report with recommendations in the Senate.

“The senate inquiry into bullying and harassment in the Australian medical professional has unearthed some worrying evidence, with submissions and witnessing indicating a culture of bullying that urgently needs addressing”, Australian Greens Senator and Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee Rachel Siewert said today.

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Senate committee tables report on the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment in Australia

The Community Affairs References Committee has tabled its report into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment after a year of gathering evidence.

“Many people would struggle to reconcile that people can be and are being indefinitely detained in our prisons because they have a disability and there are no alternatives for them, but that is a reality in Australia at the moment”, Australian Greens Senator and Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee Rachel Siewert said today.

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Senate supports motion calling on the Government to act on year-long calls for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability

The Senate has supported a motion acknowledging that it has been a year since a report into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability was tabled in the Senate by the Community Affairs References Committee.

 “One whole year. That is how long the Government has ignored a harrowing senate committee report into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional settings.  

 “All of the recommendations addressing this national shame, including an urgent Royal Commission into the issue are yet to be addressed.

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Greens raise red flags with youth jobs PaTH bill in dissenting report

The Australian Greens have submitted a dissenting report recommending that the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) bill proposed by the Government not be passed in its current form.

“The Greens cannot support the youth jobs PaTH bill in its current form because of a wide range of concerns that include intern exploitation, intern churn, payments below minimum wage, and limited protections for participants”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Senate urges Government to address accessing the NDIS for blind and vision impaired people

The Senate has supported a motion initiated by Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert that calls on the Government to address barriers for people with vision impairment to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“Recently we saw reports that blind and vision impaired Australians have not been able to access the NDIS because materials and pamphlets are not in braille or large print.

“A National Disability Scheme that is not accessible to people with disability is disastrous and flies in the face of the whole purpose of the NDIS. 

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Greens urge bill that winds back transport funding for people with disability not be passed

The Australian Greens have urged a bill that will wind back transport funding for people with disability who will not access the NDIS not be passed by the Senate.

“The Mobility Allowance bill is insidious in nature and stakeholders have raised concerns about how the changes to the payment are going to make life harder for people with disability accessing the payment who will not access the NDIS. Government is once again trying to save money from people with disability.

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Govt must stop pre-empting cashless welfare card success to spruik broader rollout: Greens

Comments by the Government about rolling out the cashless welfare card more broadly come as no surprise, as that has been their agenda all along, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Government needs to stop hinting at an extended rollout of the cashless welfare card until the trials have been independently evaluated following the completion of the full trial period.

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