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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Greens call for inquiry into abuse of people with disability in institutions

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens will introduce a motion in the Senate tomorrow calling on the Government to undertake a national inquiry into the abuse of people with disability in institutions.

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Government must release damning income management report

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to immediately back down from plans to implement a healthy welfare card, with the Evaluating New Income Management in the Northern Territory report showing the regime has failed to meet its objectives.

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Parliament rejectes inadequate BSWAT Bill

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Senate's rejection of the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Bill, saying that it failed to address fundamental discrimination against people with disability.

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Greens call on Senate to reject job seeker compliance bill

24 Nov 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Parliament to reject the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Job Seeker Compliance framework) Bill 2014, saying it will further demonise vulnerable Australians and increase hardship.

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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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