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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Welfare cop more harsh approach from uncaring Abbott government

24 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said the Abbott government is deliberately trying to smear all income support recipients with this latest ‘tough cop on the beat' approach to welfare.

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#stellaschallenge misses the mark and must be reconsidered

23 May 2015

The launch of a recent challenge that encourages able bodied people to create discussions with people with disability has caused a stir amongst some disability advocates, who have referred to the initiative as condescending.

 

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ACOSS budget analysis reveals money ripped from low and middle income households, harsh measures must be abandoned

23 May 2015

ACOSS budget analysis reveals money ripped from low and middle income households, harsh measures must be abandoned

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Greens: Nearly half of calls to Centrelink unanswered must be resolved

20 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that a huge shakeup of the Centrelink phone service is needed after the number of unanswered calls last year exceeded the entire number of people living in Australia.

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Prime Minister must stop dehumanising our most vulnerable and offer proper solutions to unemployment in Australia

20 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has labelled Tony Abbott’s comments about unemployed people as dehumanising, saying ‘this is yet another completely insensitive remark from the Prime Minister about people the Prime Minister cannot empathise with and does not understand.

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Greens: Findings on the NDIS rollout by Citizens Jury must be considered moving forward

19 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the launch of the Citizen’s Jury Scorecard which assessed the rollouts of the NDIS trials across the country from the perspective of people with disability accessing the service.

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Greens secure Senate support calling on Government to dump measure forcing people under 25 off income support for a month

14 May 2015

The Senate has supported Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert's motion calling for the Government to dump it’s harsh measure that forces people under 25 off income support for a month.

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Interim report into the Department of Social Services tendering process tabled

14 May 2015

The Community Affairs Committee inquiry has tabled an interim report with recommendations addressing the contentious tendering process for social services by the DSS.

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No vision for Australia as Government picks low hanging fruit with dull Federal Budget

13 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on community services Senator Rachel Siewert said that the ‘dull’ budget flops at revenue raising measures whilst continuing to vilify Australians struggling to find work.

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Greens: Pensions are moving in the right direction but we must conduct a broader retirement income review

07 May 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson for Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said today the Government’s decision to abandon changes in indexation to pensions is a huge win for all disability pensioners and single parents as well as age pensioners.

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