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 employment plan ignores the reality faced by jobseekers

07 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's back down on some key parts of their employment plan show out of touch they are with the real circumstances faced by job seekers.

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Figures expose cruelty of Government & ALP deal to dump people with disability onto Newstart

03 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that figures showing that over 173,000 Newstart recipients have a disability highlights the deep inadequacy of the payment and the cruelty of the Government’s latest attempt to dump more people with disability into poverty.

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No support for bill to cut Seniors Supplement

02 Oct 2014

"The Australian Greens have not done a deal with the Government to support a bill cutting the Seniors Supplement," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Families, students & people with disability lose out in Govt-ALP budget deal

02 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that while some of the Government's worst budget measures have been put on hold, Australians with disability, single parents, families and students will still lose out in a deal struck between Tony Abbott and the Opposition.

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Greens statement on Seniors Supplement

01 Oct 2014

"The Australian Greens have not done a deal with the Government to support a new bill on the seniors supplement," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Poverty among older Australians to be compounded by budget measures

01 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens said today that already high poverty levels among older Australians would increase as a result of the Government's budget measures.

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Greens call on Government to abandon debate on budget cuts

30 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government should abandon their budget measures, saying the evidence is overwhelming that they are cruel and impact adversely on human rights.

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Forrest Review doesn't justify income management expansion

23 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that it is deeply concerning that the Government is basically using the Forrest Review as evidence to support the introduction of the so-called cashless welfare card.

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Greens' motion on Dementia Awareness Month passes the Senate

23 Sep 2014

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion recognising Dementia Awareness Month and the efforts of fundraiser Libby Day.

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Government needs to increase Newstart and abandon budget cuts

20 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new evidence on the dire inadequacy of allowance payments, including Newstart, shows the urgent need for the Government to increase levels of income support and move away from irresponsible changes to payment indexation.

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