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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NDIS cost cutting risks accessibility, services and productivity

18 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens said today that any Government attempt to scale back the NDIS to save money would go against the spirit of the scheme and harm Australia's productivity.

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Government cuts aged care worker supplement

12 Dec 2013

"The Australian Greens are extremely disappointed about the tactics used by the Government to torpedo the aged care worker supplements," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today.

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Greens call for ATO to protect mobile home park residents from GST hit

12 Dec 2013

The Senate has today supported an Australian Greens motion urging the ATO to maintain the current GST arrangements on mobile home parks, in order to ensure that low income earners are not disproportionately impacted by any change.

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GST and Mobile Home Parks

12 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens will move a motion in the Senate today over concerns that low income earners are not disproportionately impacted by changes to the GST applied to mobile home parks.

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Greens to call for split vote on Social Security omnibus Bill

12 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens will move to facilitate a separate vote on each schedule of the wide-ranging Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 when it comes on for debate in the Senate today.

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Government have made up their minds on charities definition - Greens

11 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens said today that the Government have clearly already made up their mind on changing the definition of a charity, and are trying to delay the implementation of the Charities Act in order to do this.

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Senate backs Greens motion to reinstate Wage Connect

09 Dec 2013

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion calling on the Government to recommence the suspended Wage Connect program.

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Government disregard for not-for-profits grows, as moves to repeal the ACNC get under way

05 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens say the Government is showing continuing disregard for the not-for-profit sector, commencing action to repeal the ACNC.

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Greens ensure proper scrutiny of Government legislation

05 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens have today ensured that the measures contained in the wide-ranging omnibus Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 will be scrutinised by the Senate.

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Senate recognises the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disability

03 Dec 2013

The Senate has recognised the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disability, passing a motion that congratulates winners of the National Disability Awards and acknowledges the need for more to be done to remove barriers to full participation of people with disability.

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