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 passes Bill that fails to properly address discrimination for people with disability in the workforce

15 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens are extremely disappointed that the recommitted Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Bill has passed the Senate, saying that it fails to address fundamental discrimination against people with disability.

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Greens: our education system can do better than ‘dark rooms’

15 Jun 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today said news about WA kids with autism locked in ‘padded cells’ at school is a prime example of why the inquiry into abuse of people with disability is so important. 

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AMP/NATSEM report further enforces need for retirement income review: Greens

10 Jun 2015

Research released today showing that nearly a quarter of people currently in their 40’s will be too sick to stay in the workforce has further complicated the Government’s proposal to increase the retirement age to 70, says Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert. 

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Centrelink wait times continue to swell as Government fails to increase staffing for struggling sector

03 Jun 2015

Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today figures given during questioning in estimates suggest that there has been a further blow out of call wait times for those seeking support from Centrelink.

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Government pushes on and introduces harsh social services measures despite opposition

28 May 2015

Two harsh social services bills introduced in the House of Representatives today serve as a confirmation that the Federal Government will press on with their attack on the most vulnerable despite reports showing the measures are disproportionately unfair.

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NATSEM analysis shows Federal Government’s mask is slipping

25 May 2015

The latest analysis from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) showing that the federal budget continues to attack the nation’s poorest is an example of the Federal Government’s mask slipping, says Australian Greens spokesperson on families andcommunity services, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Welfare cop more harsh approach from uncaring Abbott government

24 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said the Abbott government is deliberately trying to smear all income support recipients with this latest ‘tough cop on the beat' approach to welfare.

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#stellaschallenge misses the mark and must be reconsidered

23 May 2015

The launch of a recent challenge that encourages able bodied people to create discussions with people with disability has caused a stir amongst some disability advocates, who have referred to the initiative as condescending.

 

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ACOSS budget analysis reveals money ripped from low and middle income households, harsh measures must be abandoned

23 May 2015

ACOSS budget analysis reveals money ripped from low and middle income households, harsh measures must be abandoned

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Greens: Nearly half of calls to Centrelink unanswered must be resolved

20 May 2015

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that a huge shakeup of the Centrelink phone service is needed after the number of unanswered calls last year exceeded the entire number of people living in Australia.

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