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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Funding cuts a cruel Christmas gift to the community sector

22 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that we are seeing further evidence of Abbott's desire to dismantle our social services sector, with a number of peak bodies, particularly outspoken, advocacy bodies learning that they have been defunded as part of the $240 million budget cuts to social services. 

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Morrison set to lead renewed attack on our social safety net

21 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said the appointment of Scott Morrison as Social Services Minister shows the Government's clear intent to pursue hard-line policies which will weaken our nation's social safety net.

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Government must reject healthy welfare card after damning income management evaluation

18 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government has no choice other than to abandon plans for a healthy welfare card, with a key income management evaluation showing the scheme has been a comprehensive and expensive failure.

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MYEFO further weakens our social safety net

15 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that MYEFO shows the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to flawed, unfair policies that weaken our social safety net.

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Greens call on Government to take new funding approach

12 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to move away from wasteful policies like income management and the chaotic Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding process and focus on building new, cooperative agreements with communities.

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DSP assessment crackdown another Government witch-hunt

12 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens said today that forcing new applicants for the disability support pension to be assessed by Commonwealth-appointed doctors was aimed at demonising and making life tough for people with disability.

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Australian Greens pay tribute to Stella Young

08 Dec 2014

Stella Young was a wonderful Australian. She was an outstanding writer, comedian, activist and came to prominence as a passionate disability advocate.

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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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