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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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Government misses deadline imposed by the Senate for details of shoddy cashless welfare card report

The Government has failed to comply with an order of the Senate for a production of documents pertaining to the cashless welfare card ‘progress report’.

“The Government was given a week to table the documents and statistics used to prepare the shoddy and premature cashless welfare card report, which was produced in a week and a half. The deadline to produce these documents was COB on Wednesday November 16, it  has now been missed”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Government need to show leadership on out of home care

The Government need to take last night’s harrowing Four Corners report seriously and act to address the flawed out of home care system that often hurts kids rather than helping, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Government knows full well about the major systemic problems with the out of home care system around Australia and have done little to address it.

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WA Greens respond to toxic firefighting chemicals found in WA Airports and defence sites

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Greens candidate for East Metro Tim Clifford respond to toxic firefighting chemicals found in WA Airports and defence sites:

Senator Siewert said:

“Dangerous levels of toxic firefighting chemicals PFOS and PFOA found in WA airports and defence sites is an environmental issue, a workplace safety issue, and a public health issue. It must be urgently addressed.

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Any consultation for a proposed cashless welfare card in Port Hedland must be with actual income support recipients

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said income support recipients must be properly consulted in Port Hedland by local, state and federal Governments if the cashless welfare card is being considered.

“We’ve heard both the Mayor of Hedland and Member for the Pilbara suggest the cashless welfare card could be rolled out in Port Hedland, but neither of them will be on the card themselves”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Senate gives Government a week to table documents and statistics used for shoddy cashless welfare card report

The Australian Greens have secured Senate support for an Order of Production of Documents pertaining to the cashless welfare card progress report, which was produced by the Department of Social Services a week and a half after admitting in Senate estimates that a report didn’t exist.

“Repeatedly over the last few months we have seen the Minister drip feed mostly anecdotal data to media as a means of promoting the cashless welfare card trials.  We have also seen media that mentions a ‘confidential report’.

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Senate calls for funding of National Congress

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion calling on the Government to fund National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples for the next three years for $15 million, with a sinking fund of a further $100 million.

“In 2014, the Coalition broke away from a multi-party approach and cut funding for National Congress as part of the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples funding cuts and the chaotic rollout of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, it was a hard year for our First Peoples” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Government has known for too long that the number of Aboriginal kids in out of home care is growing, it is time to act

The Government must urgently respond to the inaugural Family Matters report, which is projecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids in out of home care will almost triple by 2035.

“The growing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care is a crisis in the system. A near tripling of Aboriginal kids in out of home care by 2035 is a devastating projection, if this doesn’t jolt the Government into action, I’m not sure what will.

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