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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Greens: We must break ‘poverty premium’ debt cycle

20 Aug 2015

The Australian Greens will support a Private Members Bill that will halt predatory loan repayments being paid by Centrepay, however Senator Rachel Siewert said that ‘this is only a small part of what needs to be done to address debt and poverty of low income Australians, particularly those on income support payments’.

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Focus on adoption disappointing: Siewert

20 Aug 2015

 

Australian Greens Senator and chair of Community Affairs References Committee Senator Rachel Siewert said today that it was ‘very disappointing the release of the Out of Home Care Report was overshadowed by a focus on adoption rather than the 39 recommendations that aim to fix the system as a whole’.

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Out of home care report tabled in the Senate

19 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has tabled the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report on the inquiry into children in Out of Home Care in Australia. The report makes 39 recommendations to improve the Out of Home Care system in Australia.

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Greens: Labor must be true opposition and reject healthy welfare card

19 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today said the Australian Greens will oppose the legislation introducing a healthy welfare card and called on the ALP to do the same.

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Senate calls for audio description services across public broadcasters for vision impaired

17 Aug 2015

 Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed Senate support for the implementation of audio description services on free-to-air and subscription television programs by the ABC and all other networks.

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Greens table dissenting report calling on Government to abandon harsh income support measure

11 Aug 2015

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report outlining their opposition to the Social Security bill that if passed will force young people to wait for income support for four weeks at a time.

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Scott Morrison should listen to his departmental staff and stop defending throwing young people off income support

06 Aug 2015

“My questioning from yesterday’s Community Affairs hearing has revealed the Department of Social Services has no evidence from other countries that wait periods for young people before they get income support for four weeks at time helps gain employment”, says Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens: Healthy welfare card in Ceduna is the wrong way to go

05 Aug 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said today that emerging details of the healthy welfare card trial rollout further demonstrate that the punitive measure should be abandoned.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on the rollout of revised work for the dole

02 Jul 2015

"I'm very concerned that the Government is going ahead now with the roll out of this their work for the dole program in remote communities, I think they are making a big mistake in pressing forward with the program when it is clear it isn't ready.

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Greens: ABS survey shows we must be vigilant when ensuring the best outcomes for people with disability

29 Jun 2015

A survey released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that reveals worrying trends for people with disability accessing health care is a huge cause for concern and must prompt close scrutiny of the barriers as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out nationwide, says Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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