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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Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws

24 Nov 2014

Rachel speaks on the tabling of the ALRC Report Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws.

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Business Services Wage Assessment Tool

24 Nov 2014

Rachel speaks on the BSWAT Bill in the Senate, saying that it does not address fundamental discrimination against people with disability.

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Rachel speaks in opposition to the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014.

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens remain strong advocates for the aged care sector, including aged care workers. 

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Government resorts to bullying community organisations

21 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Alan Tudge's attack on Australia's peak community organisation is yet another sign of the Government's desperation to justify their cruel policy agenda.

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Government should address discrimination against people with disability, not punish them

20 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that information provided to Senate Estimates shows that employment discrimination against people with disability remains a serious issue, and that instead of punishing people with disability the Government should be addressing this discrimination.

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Senate acknowledges fifth anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

18 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed cross-party support for a motion acknowledging the fifth anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

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Effective, equal support needed for older jobseekers

18 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government needs to work to address possible flaws in its Restart program and expand its approach to genuinely help older jobseekers into work.

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Greens introduce new legislation to help single parents

17 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have introduced a new bill in the Senate to boost income support payments to single parents.

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Government & ALP join forces to pass budget cuts

17 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have today taken a stand against Tony Abbott's budget, opposing the Social Services Amendment (Budget Measures Number 6) Bill in the Senate as the Government and ALP combined to support a range of budget cuts through Parliament.

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New figures on youth unemployment highlight Abbott's policy flaws

16 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens said today that a new report showing high levels of unemployment and under employment among younger Australians shows the short-sighted nature of the Abbott Government's targeting of jobseekers aged under 30.

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