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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Federal Government must lead efforts to address the high rate of suicide amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

28 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to lead efforts to address the high rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Adjournment - National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

27 Nov 2014

Rachel's speech to the Senate on the anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

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Senate calls for inquiry into abuse against people with disability in institutions

26 Nov 2014

The Senate has called on the Government to establish a national inquiry into the violence, neglect and abuse against people with disability in residential, institutional and home care settings.

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Relationship counselling scheme should be abandoned

26 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the underwhelming response to the Government’s relationship counselling voucher scheme is a clear sign that it should be abandoned.

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Greens call for a changed approach to reduce Aboriginal suicide

26 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that urgent action is needed to address the Aboriginal suicide rate, particularly in WA and that implementation of recommendations in reports such as the Hear Our Voices report is a good place to start.

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Government refuses to commit to national inquiry into abuse against people with disability

25 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today it is extremely disappointing that the Government is refusing to commit to a national inquiry into abuse against people with disability in residential and institutional settings.

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Question Time - Government fails to commit to national inquiry into abuse of people with disability

25 Nov 2014

Senator Siewert asks the Government to committ to a national inquiry into abuse of people with disability.

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Greens call for inquiry into abuse of people with disability in institutions

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens will introduce a motion in the Senate tomorrow calling on the Government to undertake a national inquiry into the abuse of people with disability in institutions.

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Government must release damning income management report

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to immediately back down from plans to implement a healthy welfare card, with the Evaluating New Income Management in the Northern Territory report showing the regime has failed to meet its objectives.

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Parliament rejectes inadequate BSWAT Bill

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Senate's rejection of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Bill, saying that it failed to address fundamental discrimination against people with disability.

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