Greens stand with welfare sector against regressive shift in social policy

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The Australian Greens today reaffirmed its support for the welfare sector that is overwhelmingly opposed to the Federal Government's welfare changes.

"We stand by groups such as ACOSS, Anglicare, St Vincent de Paul Society, and many others who have all expressed deep concern at the Government's plan to extend income quarantining nationwide," said Greens community services spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Government wants to extend the idea across the Northern Territory and then the rest of the country without any evidence that it's actually working.

"Almost all the 90 submissions received by the inquiry object to the proposals, stressing that it will further marginalise disadvantaged groups, especially Aboriginal Australians.

"The best the Government has done to validate its claim that quarantining people's income is working was a shoddy recent attempt to misrepresent inconclusive data.

"We will continue to oppose any attempt to apply this compulsory scheme across the country, and stand alongside the welfare community in demanding a more collaborative and respectful way forward to deal with entrenched disadvantage.

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Link to Inquiry: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/soc_sec_welfare_reform_racial_discrim_09/index.htm