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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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Greens to invest in giving Australians access to justice

The Greens have announced a comprehensive access to justice plan to restore the Liberal Government’s cuts and invest $716 million in community legal services and legal aid.

Greens justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said:

“Access to justice is a fundamental human right that unfortunately has been denied to too many Australians because of the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s cuts.

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Everyone deserves fair access to social services

Leader for the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale wants to strengthen Australia’s social safety net to build a social security system for the 21st century, and boost social services funding to ensure guaranteed access to essential community services.

"Every Australian should feel safe that community services will be there for them when they need it. The Australian Greens believe that we need to guarantee access to essential community services.

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Greens would make ABC iView audio description trials permanent

The Australian Greens are calling for ABC iView audio description trials to be made permanent, launching a package that would ensure the continued rollout of the important service for people who are blind or vision impaired.

“At the moment Australia is lagging behind other countries when it comes to providing audio descriptions on television programs for people with disability.

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