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Ditching backdating of carers allowance is mean spirited and should be removed from the Omnibus Bill: Greens

Cutting the backdating of payments for people that receive Carers Allowance is a mean-spirited section of the Omnibus Bill that should be abandoned, Greens spokesperson on disabilities Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“When you have a bill that is hundreds of pages long that pulls $6 billion from so many areas, sometimes harsh cuts get buried in the detail, this rings true for the cut to Carers Allowance.

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National redress scheme for survivors of child sex abuse supported by Senate

The Senate has supported a motion calling on the Government to provide funding of last resort as part of a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

“For too many years, survivors of child abuse have suffered in silence, the Royal Commission was an important first step, but the Government must ensure that a national redress scheme is rolled out” , Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Omnicuts short change ARENA and Australia’s most vulnerable

Australian Greens Leader Senator Di Natale, Spokesperson for Community Services Senator Siewert and Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Adam Bandt have spoken about the Omnibus bill outcome.

“Looks like the stitch up has well and truly been done, the dirty deal between the Labor Party and the Liberal Party to slash renewable energy funding and continue the attack on some of the most vulnerable people in the community,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Greens support Triple J moving date of Hottest 100

With calls becoming louder every year to respect those for whom January 26 represents a tragedy, not a celebration, the Greens strongly support the suggestion that Triple J move the Hottest 100 to a more appropriate date to mark national unity and diversity, Australian Greens Spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens pen letter to PM explaining how Royal Commission into youth detention can be national yet timely

Following more revelations of mistreatment of young people and Amnesty’s report on Queensland detention Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the Prime Minister about the Royal Commission into youth detention in Don Dale and the Northern Territory.

The letter urgently requests that the Royal Commission be expanded, pointing to a two-tiered approach to remedy concerns that a national Royal Commission would take too long.

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Australia’s First Peoples are talking about Constitutional Recognition AND Sovereignty and Treaties: Greens

Tony Abbott opposing the movement to achieve sovereignty and treaty with First Australians indicates he is out of touch when it comes to reconciliation, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Someone should remind the former Prime Minister that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are moving beyond the sole aim of Constitutional Recognition, there is now a much wider call to also achieve sovereignty and treaties.

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