Family, Ageing, Community & Disability Services

We are committed to delivering a guaranteed adequate income to all Australians, so as to assure people have appropriate support. Accessible social services, community resources and income support are essential for ensuring everybody has access to quality health care, housing, employment, education and training. The Greens are committed to increasing Newstart Allowance and raising all income support payments to better reflect the cost of living.

The community and not-for-profit sector plays an important role in our society and Government needs to commit funding and support accordingly.

People who experience disability, and their families and carers deserve access to life-long support and services that meet their individual circumstances. They should have the opportunity to actively participate in planning and delivery of policies, services and supports in areas such as education, health, housing, mobility, employment and social engagement. The Greens are actively working to ensure all Australians have independence, self-determination and choice in their lives.

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Government must act on increase to inadequate Newstart in the budget

29 Apr 2016

The Australian Greens have welcomed KPMG's calls to increase Newstart, the rate of payment is totally inadequate and is a barrier to people entering work.

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Government should stop going after most vulnerable in the lead up to the budget: Greens

27 Apr 2016

The Government’s obsession with punishing vulnerable Australian’s continues today with news that income support recipients will be targeted to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which has already been funded.

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Burt community will be nervous about the proposed cashless card: Greens

26 Apr 2016

“It is unsurprising that the person who helped advise the Government on the unfair cashless welfare card would try and promote it in their capacity as liberal candidate for Burt”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Tough day in Kununurra and Wyndham as cashless welfare card rolls out

26 Apr 2016

The Greens say today will be a tough day for income support recipients in Kununurra and Wyndham, with the cashless welfare card trial beginning today despite community opposition.

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Greens lodge disallowance motion to stop East Kimberley cashless welfare card trial

19 Apr 2016

With the cashless welfare card running in South Australia and making life more difficult for residents in Ceduna, Senator Rachel Siewert has moved to halt the card going ahead in the East Kimberley, Western Australia.

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Cashless welfare card forced on community that has no rehabilitation centre shows Government’s true colours

05 Apr 2016

It is unbelievable that a rehabilitation centre is seven hours away from a community forced onto the cashless welfare card which is supposed to be aimed at reducing drug and alcohol abuse, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens write to PM about cashless welfare card concerns

15 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens have penned a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the cashless welfare card trial, which launched today in Ceduna.

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Greens support national day of action against cashless welfare card

12 Mar 2016

The Australian Greens support rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as part of a national weekend of action against the Cashless Welfare Card.

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NDIS too important to undermine: Greens

09 Mar 2016

Recent speculation about aspects of the NDIS are understandably making people nervous about the future of the scheme, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Minister, docking welfare payments from fine defaulters isn't the way to go

03 Mar 2016

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert reacts to news in the West Australian newspaper today that the Government is considering docking income support payments for fine defaulters.

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