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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Federal Government to blame for growing burden on Australia's community sector

08 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Federal Government must act to address the high levels of unmet need and help with the burden being placed on the nation's not-for-profit sector.

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Government refuses to release critical income management evaluation

04 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Government was defying the will of the Senate by refusing to comply with an order for the production of documents and table a crucial evaluation of income management.

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Senate Inquiry calls on Government to abandon cruel budget measures

03 Dec 2014

A Senate Inquiry into income inequality has recommended that the Government abandon some of its toughest budget measures.

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International Day of People with Disability

03 Dec 2014

The Senate has supported a joint motion moved by Senator Siewert on the International Day of People with Disability

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Senate orders Government to table income management evaluation

01 Dec 2014

The Senate has ordered the Government to table the Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory final report by Wednesday this week.

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Federal Government must lead efforts to address the high rate of suicide amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

28 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to lead efforts to address the high rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Adjournment - National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

27 Nov 2014

Rachel's speech to the Senate on the anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

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Senate calls for inquiry into abuse against people with disability in institutions

26 Nov 2014

The Senate has called on the Government to establish a national inquiry into the violence, neglect and abuse against people with disability in residential, institutional and home care settings.

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Relationship counselling scheme should be abandoned

26 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the underwhelming response to the Government’s relationship counselling voucher scheme is a clear sign that it should be abandoned.

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Greens call for a changed approach to reduce Aboriginal suicide

26 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that urgent action is needed to address the Aboriginal suicide rate, particularly in WA and that implementation of recommendations in reports such as the Hear Our Voices report is a good place to start.

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