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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Most vulnerable still paying for budget repair

15 Dec 2015

It is very disappointing to see that the cruel and unfair budget measures are still on the Government's agenda.  Punitive measures that hurt Australians struggling to find work and those raising families are part of MYEFO. The 2015-2016 MYEFO shows the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to unfair policies that weaken our social safety net and make it harder for job seekers to find employment.

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Senate supports inquiry into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairment

02 Dec 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has secured senate support for an inquiry that will investigate the indefinite detention and imprisonment of people with cognitive impairment.

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Family payment cuts are still poor policy

02 Dec 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said today that it is extremely disappointing that the Government will attempt to ram through the remainder of the family payment cuts with the introduction of another Social Services Bill in the House of Representatives.

 

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Senate supports inquiry into aged care workforce as Australian population ages

01 Dec 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has secured senate support for an inquiry that will investigate the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce as our population ages.

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Labor and Government join to cut family payments to coupled families with kids over 13

30 Nov 2015

It is extremely disappointing that the Labor party has helped pass legislation that takes payments away from low income couples with children aged 13 or over, says Australian Greens spokesperson on families, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Government should give up on throwing young people off income support

30 Nov 2015

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

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Australian Greens will not support cuts to family payments and urge the Government to focus on the big end of town

26 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens said today they are disappointed that the amended bill cutting family tax benefit payments has passed the House of Representatives.

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Senate committee into violence and abuse of people with disability calls for Royal Commission

25 Nov 2015

After harrowing evidence provided to the Senate inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings, the Community Affairs References Committee has tabled a report with urgent recommendations that include a Royal Commission investigation into the issue.

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Senate calls on the Treasurer to abandon suggestions that income support cuts are needed to pay for the NDIS

25 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed senate support for her motion calling on the Government to deliver the NDIS but not at the expense of people on income support.

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Greens oppose Bill that seeks to punish job seekers and call on the Government to fix Centrelink administration

24 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens have tabled a dissenting report calling on the Parliament to not pass a Bill that aims to further ‘streamline’ the job seeker compliance framework – one measure means a report from an employment service provider could see income support payments stopped if the recipient is deemed to have acted inappropriately.

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