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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Supporting Australians under financial pressure

19 Aug 2009

While we commend the government for undertaking some research into looking at the impact of the economic downturn on Australians, and particularly on the stress this is putting on non-government organisations and community service and support organisations, the report outlines just how much the call for emergency relief has increased in the community.

While we commend the government for undertaking some research into looking at the impact of the economic downturn on Australians, and particularly on the stress this is putting on non-government organisations and community service and support organisations, the report outlines just how much the call for emergency relief has increased in the community.

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Indigenous Housing

13 Aug 2009

I rise to make a contribution to this discussion over whether the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program has actually begun delivering. I am hearing a bit of hypocrisy from both sides of this chamber at this time. Federal and territory governments of both persuasions have failed over many years to deliver housing to Aboriginal communities throughout Australia-particularly the federal and Northern Territory governments in the Northern Territory.

I rise to make a contribution to this discussion over whether the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program has actually begun delivering. I am hearing a bit of hypocrisy from both sides of this chamber at this time. Federal and territory governments of both persuasions have failed over many years to deliver housing to Aboriginal communities throughout Australia-particularly the federal and Northern Territory governments in the Northern Territory.

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Deafness Technology Demonstration

19 Aug 2009 | 10:00 am

Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services Bill Shorten MP and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector Mitch Fifield would like to invite you to:

Deafness Technology - a demonstration
Main committee room, Parliament House, Canberra

There is a wide variety of technology products available to the hearing impaired to assist them in their daily lives. These range from flashing and vibrating alarms, to home audio loops systems, infra red listening devices, multi alarm systems, portable sound amplifiers and flashing door knock alerts amongst many other products.

Wednesday 19th August 11am-5pm
Thursday 20th August 9am-5pm

A media opportunity will be held on Wed 19th at 12pm

These demonstrations will be provided by the following organisations:
Deafness Forum of Australia (DFA)
Access Innovation Media (Ai-Media)
Printacall Communications Technology
Australian Communication Exchange (ACE)
Media Access Australia (MAA)
Red Bee Media Australia
Australian Communications Consumer
Action Network (ACCAN)
National Relay Service (NRS)
Interacoustics
Hills Sound, Vision and Lighting - Intuitive
Integrated Solutions (Hills SVL)
Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC)
Cochlear Limited
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Word of Mouth Technology
Aussie Deaf Kids
Audiology Australia

Please contact 02 6277 3587 or tim.norton@aph.gov.au with any queries.

Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services Bill Shorten MP and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector Mitch Fifield would like to invite you to:

Deafness Technology - a demonstration
Main committee room, Parliament House, Canberra

There is a wide variety of technology products available to the hearing impaired to assist them in their daily lives. These range from flashing and vibrating alarms, to home audio loops systems, infra red listening devices, multi alarm systems, portable sound amplifiers and flashing door knock alerts amongst many other products.

Wednesday 19th August 11am-5pm
Thursday 20th August 9am-5pm

A media opportunity will be held on Wed 19th at 12pm

These demonstrations will be provided by the following organisations:
Deafness Forum of Australia (DFA)
Access Innovation Media (Ai-Media)
Printacall Communications Technology
Australian Communication Exchange (ACE)
Media Access Australia (MAA)
Red Bee Media Australia
Australian Communications Consumer
Action Network (ACCAN)
National Relay Service (NRS)
Interacoustics
Hills Sound, Vision and Lighting - Intuitive
Integrated Solutions (Hills SVL)
Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC)
Cochlear Limited
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Word of Mouth Technology
Aussie Deaf Kids
Audiology Australia

Please contact 02 6277 3587 or tim.norton@aph.gov.au with any queries.

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Rachel talks to ABC about Alice Springs town camps

30 Jul 2009

Rachel talks to ABC's World Today program about the Government's takeover of the Alice Springs town camps.

Copyright Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2009

Rachel talks to ABC's World Today program about the Government's takeover of the Alice Springs town camps.

Copyright Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2009

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South-West WA faces looming aged care crisis

21 Jul 2009

Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert has warned that South-West WA faces a crisis in residential aged care if new beds are not built to meet the projected demand.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert has warned that South-West WA faces a crisis in residential aged care if new beds are not built to meet the projected demand.

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Greens renew calls for end to alcohol sponsorship of sport

17 Jul 2009

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for an end to alcohol sponsorship of sporting events, following reports that a Government taskforce is set to recommend similar measures.

"The Greens have been calling for action on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events for some time now, and it is good to see the Government's own taskforce reportedly recommending action on the matter," said Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for an end to alcohol sponsorship of sporting events, following reports that a Government taskforce is set to recommend similar measures.

"The Greens have been calling for action on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events for some time now, and it is good to see the Government's own taskforce reportedly recommending action on the matter," said Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Caring for our communities

14 Jul 2009

A wealthy nation like Australia should have a strong, sustainable public health system - with properly funded hospitals, more nurses and doctors, and better pay for those who want to work in public health.

Let's stop pouring money into the more than $3.6b private health insurance industry and put it back into our hospitals and health workforce - to provide better health care for all Australians.

A wealthy nation like Australia should have a strong, sustainable public health system - with properly funded hospitals, more nurses and doctors, and better pay for those who want to work in public health.

Let's stop pouring money into the more than $3.6b private health insurance industry and put it back into our hospitals and health workforce - to provide better health care for all Australians.

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Widening gap in Indigenous disadvantage symptomatic of a failing approach - Greens

02 Jul 2009

The release today of a report showing that indicators of Indigenous social and economic disadvantage haven't improved and in some cases have got worse should be a strong signal to Government that the dictatorial, top-down approach taken by both the Howard and Rudd Governments simply isn't working and needs to change.

"Today's release of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report is a sharp wake-up call for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The release today of a report showing that indicators of Indigenous social and economic disadvantage haven't improved and in some cases have got worse should be a strong signal to Government that the dictatorial, top-down approach taken by both the Howard and Rudd Governments simply isn't working and needs to change.

"Today's release of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report is a sharp wake-up call for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Employment Services Inquiry reveals a process gone mad

25 Jun 2009

The Greens are calling on the government to change the way future tenders are run on the back of a Senate report which raises serious concerns with the recent Employment Services tender.

"In light of the committees findings the Government must ensure future processes:

  1. capture the additional value provided by community organisations that integrate job search support with other community services for disadvantaged job-seekers; and
  2. check on claims made by tenderers by contacting prospective partners and referees," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The Greens are calling on the government to change the way future tenders are run on the back of a Senate report which raises serious concerns with the recent Employment Services tender.

"In light of the committees findings the Government must ensure future processes:

  1. capture the additional value provided by community organisations that integrate job search support with other community services for disadvantaged job-seekers; and
  2. check on claims made by tenderers by contacting prospective partners and referees," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Report into Forgotten Australians

25 Jun 2009

On behalf of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, I present the committee's report entitled Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians revisited: report on the progress with the implementation of the recommendations of the Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians reports, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee.

On behalf of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, I present the committee's report entitled Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians revisited: report on the progress with the implementation of the recommendations of the Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians reports, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee.

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