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Greens welcome report that shows the importance of Indigenous Rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the finding from the Country Needs People report - Protecting Nature For All Of Us, which shows the overwhelming benefit of the Indigenous Rangers program.

“Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas have become a key component of ensuring environmental benefits for our country, turning around environmental degradation and species decline.

“It also keeps alive the traditional knowledge of caring for the land and matches it with science to create the best possible outcome for preservation.

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Coalition and Labor push on with cashless welfare card

The Coalition and the Labor party have voted down a Greens disallowance motion that would have stopped the cashless welfare card trial extensions.   

“When the yearlong trials of the cashless welfare card were passed into legislation with the help of Labor, we feared that this would lead to an extended rollout. Unfortunately this has happened. 

“I am disappointed that the Labor party have continuously backed the Government on the cashless welfare card trials. They claim to care for vulnerable people but actions speak louder than words.

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Abuse of people with disability is not going to stop, we need a Royal Commission

Following the Four Corners report that showed more harrowing footage of people with disability living in group care, both the Coalition and the Labor Party have voted against a Greens senate motion calling on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a Royal Commission.

“It is really disappointing that both the old parties voted against the Government instigating a Royal Commission”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Senate calls on Government to come good on funding for neurodegenerative disease in East Arnhem Land

The Greens and Labor have secured Senate support calling on the Federal Government to make good on a $10 million grant that they have refused to give to the Machado-Joseph Disease Foundation.

“Machado-Joseph disease is a very rare genetic neurodegenerative disease that has devastating impacts on those it effects. Symptoms generally do not appear until later in life then sufferers rapidly deteriorate.

“East Arnhem land is the number one hotspot for this disease in the world and funding is needed for supports, therapists, equipment and research.

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Aboriginal Legal Services should not have been excluded from race-hate inquiry: Greens

It is atrocious that the Government excluded Aboriginal Legal Services from giving evidence at a senate inquiry into race-hate laws, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“When committee chair LNP Senator Ian MacDonald excluded Aboriginal Legal Services from giving evidence at the inquiry, he excluded a voice for our First peoples. The committee should have heard from these important services.

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The Government should not have Accenture ‘transforming’ Centrelink, recipients have been through enough

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has expressed concern that the company behind the bungled Tax Office overhaul has been selected to ‘transform’ the Centrelink system, saying that Centrelink recipients have been through enough.

“Centrelink recipients, some of which have just had their payments cut by legislation passed yesterday, should not be subject to anymore poorly operating systems.

“They have a track record of taking a system and making it worse for many users, this was demonstrated by the bungled Tax Office rollout.

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Greens and Labor secure support for senate inquiry into broken Community Development Program

The Greens and Labor have secured Senate support for a senate inquiry into the failing Community Development Program that is being rolled out in remote communities.

“The Community Development Program imposes harder so called mutual obligations for income support recipients in remote communities compared to their metropolitan counterparts”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“People in remote communities have to do much longer hours for work for the dole, and for basically a full year rather than 6 months.

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The Government is still cutting payments from vulnerable people to pay for childcare and it should not be supported: Greens

The legislation announced by the Government today will take money out of the pockets of average Australians who rely on a decent social safety net, said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.

“This grubby little deal between the Government, One Nation and Nick Xenophon’s senators will strip nearly $2 billion from the people who need it the most.

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Justice for teargassed youth at Don Dale welcome: Greens

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the decision by Justice Judith Kelly to award damages to four teenagers who were tear-gassed at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in 2014.

“Those that saw the footage of the young boys being teared gassed in Don Dale in a squalid enclosed space were justifiably outraged. 

“As the Royal Commission continues to unveil ongoing and disturbing mistreatment of youth detainees in Don Dale, today’s judgement is a small victory.

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