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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Medicare cuts to compound budget impacts on West Australians

28 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that a $7 GP co-payment will compound the impact of the Federal Government's cruel budget on people across WA.

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Greens present ‘Stop the Cull’ letters to the Senate

25 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have presented the Senate with a book of 649 messages opposing WA's shark cull, and will deliver copies to Environment Minister Greg Hunt and WA Premier Colin Barnett.

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Greens call for better support & employment services for Australia’s carers

25 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that newly released ABS data highlights an increase in the number of primary carers and the need to provide better support them and understand their needs.

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Tony Abbott gags social security debate but can’t hide from the budget truth

24 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today Government's has shown a lack of understanding of the community's dislike for their cruel budget cuts to social security by gagging debate on legislation in the Parliament.

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Government continues to hide from the truth of community sector budget cuts

24 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that in Question Time the Government didn't deny that the $229 million of so-called new money for Emergency Relief has come from their cuts to the Social Services discretionary grants program.

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Greens raise concern over budget impacts on older West Australians

20 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today they are deeply concerned about the impacts of the Federal Budget on older West Australians, saying cuts to pensions and concessions will hit older Australians hard and increase inequality.

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$229m ‘new money’ for Earn of Learn emergency relief skimmed off existing programs

20 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens said today that last night's additional Community Affairs Senate Estimates hearings has demonstrated that the Government has taken money away from vital community services, including emergency relief, into order to announce funding to offset the harm caused by their tough ‘earn or learn' regime in the Federal Budget.

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Senate rejects Government’s attempt to duck scrutiny of welfare cuts

19 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Senate's rejection of the Government's attempt to force a Senate Committee to report on cruel budget legislation by Monday next week.

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Senate backs Greens motion to maintain support for carers

18 Jun 2014

The Senate has supported a joint motion moved by the Australia Greens, calling on the Government to maintain its support of carers, in recognition of their significant contribution to the community.

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Senate back Greens’ call for Inquiry into Inequality

18 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens have successful moved for a Senate Inquiry into Inequality in Australia, opening the door for a proper review of the impact of the Abbott Government's budget.

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