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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Senate Committee begins public scrutiny of Abbott's budget cuts

20 Aug 2014

The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee will today begin two days of public hearings into the legislation enacting the Government's budget cuts to our income support system and payments.

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Forrest wish-list overlooks action needed to end disadvantage

01 Aug 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Forrest review is more a wish list of a multi-millionaire than an evidenced-based analysis of the action needed to overcome disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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Greens call on Government to reject Forrest recommendations

31 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Andrew Forrest's proposals for reforming the nation's income support system are punitive, will disempower people, entrench disadvantage and should be rejected immediately by Government.

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Work for the dole expansion has no justification

31 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that new information from the Department of Employment shows the Government is expanding Work for the Dole without justification.

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Government can’t ‘push the reset button’ on gains made by Remote Service Delivery

30 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government shouldn't be using the Evaluation of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery to justify their new Indigenous Advancement Strategy and recent budget cuts.

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Government toughens rules for older jobseekers as Newstart numbers spike

29 Jul 2014

More than 200,000 Australians aged over 50 are receiving Newstart Allowance, according to figures provided to the Australian Greens through Senate Estimates.

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Greens call for Abbott Government to abandon Work for the Dole

29 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Abbott Government to re-think its Work for the Dole changes, amid serious concerns about the policy.

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Punitive jobs plan misses chance to help unemployed Australians

28 Jul 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government is out of touch with the reality faced by jobseekers and is resorting to unproven work for the dole measures and tough compliance regimes.

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Making a tough time worse for young jobseekers

28 Jul 2014

The Abbott Government’s attitude to employment for young people is one that assumes jobs are available for young people, if only they want one hard enough.

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