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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Income Management

25 Feb 2011

Community Affairs - 25 February 2011CHAIR—Senator Siewert, we will now move on to the areas around income management.

Community Affairs - 25 February 2011

CHAIR—Senator Siewert, we will now move on to the areas around income management.

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Income Management Rollout

24 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 24 February 2011
CHAIR—We will reconvene. We have questions from Senator Siewert. Senator SIEWERT—I wanted to go to income management, but is it possible to ask some questions about the SSAT tribunal appeals process?

Community Affairs 24 February 2011


CHAIR—We will reconvene. We have questions from Senator Siewert.

Senator SIEWERT—I wanted to go to income management, but is it possible to ask some questions about the SSAT tribunal appeals process?

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Developmental Delay Packages

24 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 24 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—Do I ask about the developmental delay packages here or should I have asked it before? We ran out of time before.

Community Affairs 24 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—Do I ask about the developmental delay packages here or should I have asked it before? We ran out of time before.

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Income Management

24 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 24 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—Thank you. That is much appreciated. Is it here that I ask about income management?

Community Affairs 24 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—Thank you. That is much appreciated. Is it here that I ask about income management?

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Financial Counselling

24 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 24 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—I have a number of questions. First I will go to financial counselling. I understand that the additional resources for financial counselling run out this year. I also understand that there is a great deal of concern about what happens after this. Have you had that representation from financial counsellors and in particular in light of the situation that is obviously now facing people in terms of floods?

Community Affairs 24 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I have a number of questions. First I will go to financial counselling. I understand that the additional resources for financial counselling run out this year. I also understand that there is a great deal of concern about what happens after this. Have you had that representation from financial counsellors and in particular in light of the situation that is obviously now facing people in terms of floods?

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Family Support Program

24 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 24 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—With respect to the family relationship area in the Family Support Program, I have a number of questions, and I do have online questions. As I understand it, contracts for the FSP expire on 30 June, and Minister Macklin at the conference at the end of last year outlined some directions for the programs, and also said that there would be no major retendering process. Is that correct?

Community Affairs 24 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—With respect to the family relationship area in the Family Support Program, I have a number of questions, and I do have online questions. As I understand it, contracts for the FSP expire on 30 June, and Minister Macklin at the conference at the end of last year outlined some directions for the programs, and also said that there would be no major retendering process. Is that correct?

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Aged Care Bed Licences

23 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 23 February 2011
Senator SIEWERT—I want to follow up some work we have been following up on licences. I am a little bit confused as to the 15 per cent cap on extra services, whether it is intended as a guide or whether a 15 per cent cap is strictly applied. So, could we clarify that first, please?

Community Affairs 23 February 2011



Senator SIEWERT—I want to follow up some work we have been following up on licences. I am a little bit confused as to the 15 per cent cap on extra services, whether it is intended as a guide or whether a 15 per cent cap is strictly applied. So, could we clarify that first, please?

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Beyond Farming

21 Feb 2011

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011Mr Noble—I can, if you wish. The program you refer to is called Beyond Farming. It is a program delivered by the WA Council of Social Service. They sought expressions of interest for people to become mentors, so former farmers to become mentors to current farmers. We can provide details about the selection process for those mentors, if you would like.

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Mr Noble—I can, if you wish. The program you refer to is called Beyond Farming. It is a program delivered by the WA Council of Social Service. They sought expressions of interest for people to become mentors, so former farmers to become mentors to current farmers. We can provide details about the selection process for those mentors, if you would like.

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Liquid Assets Waiting Test

14 Feb 2011

Liquid Assets Waiting Test Senate Hansard, Thursday 10 February 2011Senator SIEWERT (2.20 pm)—My question is to the minister who is representing the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare. As part of the stimulus package, the government agreed to double the liquid asset threshold for relevant payments and remove the liquid assets waiting period for a period of two years, until 31 March 2011.

Liquid Assets Waiting Test

Senate Hansard, Thursday 10 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT (2.20 pm)—My question is to the minister who is representing the Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare. As part of the stimulus package, the government agreed to double the liquid asset threshold for relevant payments and remove the liquid assets waiting period for a period of two years, until 31 March 2011.

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Liquid Assets Waiting Test

10 Feb 2011

Liquid Assets Waiting TestSenate Hansard Thursday 10 February 2011Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.26 pm)—I move: That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr) to a question without notice asked by Senator Siewert today relating to liquid assets.

Liquid Assets Waiting Test

Senate Hansard Thursday 10 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.26 pm)—I move:

That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Senator Carr) to a question without notice asked by Senator Siewert today relating to liquid assets.

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