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.


Government fails to understand employment challenges

24 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today comments made by Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews that young people should just get a job show the flawed basis on which the government's budget has been based.


Scrapping ACNC will lead to a future of uncertainty

23 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today getting rid of the ACNC will leave the not-for-profit and charity sector in a mess and facing a future of uncertainty.


Budget analysis points to a renewed campaign against single parents

22 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the 2014 budget continues a tough and unfair campaign against single parents, started by John Howard.


Salvos rings rings alarm bells over budget impact

21 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Salvation Army's Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) is a sharp wakeup call for the federal government over the serious impact their budget will have on disadvantaged people and families.


Concern over timing of Disability Discrimination Commissioner cuts

20 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the abolition of the specific position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner would undermine efforts to address discrimination, particularly against people with disability entering the workforce.


Government ignores alternatives to dumping young people into poverty

19 May 2014

The Australian Greens have rejected the Prime Minister's claims that his government has 'no alternative' to cruel budget measures that will push more Australians into poverty.


Tony Abbott’s cruel budget won’t be tolerated

18 May 2014

The Australian Greens say today's March in May #bustthebudget rally will send a clear message to the Abbott Government that their cruel budget will not be accepted by the Australian community.


Rachel responds to the Government's budget attack on vulnerable people

14 May 2014

Senator Rachel Siewert speaks in the Senate in response to the Government's attack on vulnerable people in the federal budget.


Green Army regime exploitative and ineffective

14 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's proposed Green Army scheme is exploitative of participants and will not deliver meaningful employment or environmental outcomes.


Budget cuts make a mockery of Abbott’s promise to be Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

14 May 2014

The Australian Greens said today that the self-proclaimed Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has failed the very people he said he was going to be there for and support.

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