Last Week's Media Releases


Government must act on committee recommendations to stop abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability: Greens

23 Sep 2016

News of a six year old boy with autism allegedly restrained with a weighted vest, belt and ankle straps whilst at school are of huge concern, and an investigation by the Department of Education is welcome, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.


Same-old same-old as Government continues punitive approaches to income support

21 Sep 2016

Yesterday Minister Porter described the proposed welfare overhaul as ‘revolutionary’ and then went on to talk about the same old paternalistic approaches that do nothing but further entrench poverty, Greens Senator RacheL Siewert said today.


If the Government wants their ‘revolutionary’ investment approach to work, they need to change their social policy settings: Greens

20 Sep 2016

The Australian Greens have said today that Governments proposed ‘investment approach’ to income support will fail if broader social policy settings do not change and if the overhaul is pursued with intentions to plug up the budget.

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

15 Sep 2016

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.


Labor sides with Government to keep cashless welfare card in East Kimberley

14 Sep 2016

The Labor party have today sided with the Government to oppose a disallowance motion in the Senate that would halt the cashless welfare card in the East Kimberley.


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

14 Sep 2016

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.

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