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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that the Government is tying social safety net cuts to the NDIS:

“Treasurer Morrison, stop robbing Peter to pay Paul. We should not be hacking billions from the social safety net to pay for the NDIS and you know it.

“The Treasurer is trying to pressure the Senate to support their cuts - this is a cheap trick".

“People with disability would no doubt be outraged that a young person had to wait five weeks in poverty to pay for the NDIS. 

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Greens write to PM calling for justice targets

In the lead up to the Redfern Statement and Closing the Gap address by the Prime Minister, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the PM urging him to implement justice targets.

"The Redfern Statement and Closing the Gap report is just around the corner, and rather than speak with rhetoric about efforts to reduce  disadvantage, the Prime Minister should set targets to help reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' incarceration.

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Senate calls on Cardinal Pell to return to Australia

A Greens motion calling on Cardinal George Pell to return to Australia to assist Victorian police in investigating his alleged criminal conduct has been supported by the Senate.

“The evidence to the Royal Commission on child sex abuse has been harrowing and showed a systemic problem far worse than many could imagine. My thoughts are with the survivors and their families who were brave enough to testify and are now trying to process the evidence that has rocked the nation.

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Deal with crossbench tries to sneak through four week wait and other nasties

The secret deal between the Government and crossbenchers on the family tax benefit sneaks through nasty cuts to the social safety net that hurts families, young people and aged pensioners.

“Nick Xenaphon and other crossbenchers should think long and hard before getting behind the legislation”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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DSP assessment is heartless and is having real impacts on the ground: Greens

The latest example of the way people with disability are being treated when attempting to access the Disability Support Pension (DSP) is heartless and shameful, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The assessment and reassessment of people on the Disability Support Pension is throwing people onto the lower Newstart payment even while they appeal the decision. This is poor practice and is unfair.

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Damning findings by Audit office on implementation of Indigenous Advancement Strategy

A carefully worded report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is basically damning of the implementation of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), confirming the many criticisms from community from the time the IAS was introduced, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Read through the report by the ANAO and you have a long list of fundamental failures by the Government to properly implement the IAS. The problems are so many that it will be extremely difficult to establish if the IAS meets its objectives.

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PM must fold National Congress into Indigenous Advisory Council mix

If the Government has in fact dissolved the Indigenous Advisory Council to appoint a new head and members, they should seek advice from National Congress of Australia’s First People, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“National Congress is a representative body of elected members, they are an incredibly valuable peak body, and are doing important work across the board on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, particularly with the Redfern Statement.

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Details of NDIS secret deal must be revealed: Greens

The Greens have called for the details of a secret deal signed between the WA and Federal Governments on the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be released, saying it was rushed through before the looming State election and people with disability had not been consulted.

Greens spokesperson on disabilities Senator Rachel Siewert said she was deeply concerned that the deal was rushed through on the day WA goes into caretaker mode before the election.

“I’m really concerned it’s been rushed before we see the outcome of the process,” she said.

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