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Greens support UN calls for an end to prolonged mistreatment in Don Dale

The Greens support calls from the United Nations that the Federal Government must ‘immediately halt the use of excessive force and prolonged mistreatment’ of children at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

“As the chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues points out, the Australian Government is a signatory to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment and of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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People with cognitive impairment restrained whilst in detention should be investigated by a restarted senate inquiry: Greens

Newly elected Senator Rachel Siewert will move to restart the inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment saying that the news a restraint chair was used on an Aboriginal man with cognitive impairment makes it even more essential that the inquiry be restarted.

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Greens re-affirm opposition to Coalition cuts to family payments system

The Australian Greens today re-affirmed their continued opposition to major Coalition cuts to FTB, including cuts to families supported by the ALP.

Australian Greens spokesperson on families, Senator Rachel Siewert, said:

“The Coalition has been attacking the income support system, and family tax benefits particularly, for years now. We continue to oppose these unfair, unnecessary cuts that the Coalition is trying to impose.

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Centrelink can’t answer the phone while Coalition talks automating & streamlining: Greens

A crackdown on welfare compliance is a disingenuous rehash of previous announcements when the Government should focus on repairing the broken Centrelink system, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Government has once again spruiked a crackdown on fraudulence and overpayment, but on the ground we know many people can’t adjust their payments because it is near impossible to access Centrelink on the phone or on-line.

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Greens announce plans to reverse income management

The Australia Greens have announced a policy initiative to stop compulsory income management, which has repeatedly failed to reduce disadvantage in the Northern Territory.

“Income management is a failed policy. Repeatedly evidence has shown that it doesn’t help people struggling with substance abuse and disadvantage, but it hurts vulnerable people and communities.

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DSP applicant claims plummeting a cause for concern: Greens

News that the vast majority of DSP applicants are being rejected since the Government changed eligibility rules and assessment process is not a cause for celebration and should be urgently addressed, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It is extremely concerning that changing of the assessment process of the Disability Support Pension has resulted in a vast majority of applicants being rejected, that means people with disability are more likely to be living on the inadequate Newstart payment.

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Greens commit to Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability and call on ALP and Coalition to do the same

The Australian Greens have today committed $400m over four years to fund a Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has called on the ALP and coalition to do the same:

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Greens announce support for older Australians

 The Greens have today launched a package that supports older Australians; ensuring they have a quality aged care system, support in finding and maintain employment for mature workers, and additional funding for palliative care and dementia.

“A strong social security system and aged care system are key components of ensuring a comfortable life for older Australians, but there is so much more to ageing that needs more focus as well”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens will reverse cuts to aged care sector

The Australian Greens have announced they will oppose the $1.6billion cuts to the aged care sector made by the Government in the 2015-16 MYEFO and the most recent Federal Budget.

“In the last year the Coalition Government has taken an axe to the aged care sector, collectively cutting $1.6billion in funding from aged care by cutting funding to ACFI (Aged Care Funding Instrument)”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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