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.
28 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today welcomed the report 'The Obligation is Mutual' from the Catholic Social Services group.
27 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today called for a comprehensive review of the impacts of the Government's Welfare to Work regime to be carried out by the Ombudsman as a matter of urgency.
25 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.
24 Oct 2007
"Investing in the care and education of our children is a smart way of investing in the future prosperity of our nation," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"Today is Universal Children's Day, which provides an opportunity to consider the key policies Australia needs into the future for healthy, safe and happy children."
17 Oct 2007
As you are all no doubt aware this week is Anti-Poverty Week.
Having the start of Anti-Poverty Week coinciding with the first day of the election campaign has of course been a bit of a political opportunity.
John Howard introduced $34 Billion of tax cuts, but as both Bob and I were quick to point out - simply cutting taxes (or raising tax-free thresholds) is not really going to help out families on low incomes when it comes at the expense of investment in services ... and when its likely to put upward pressure on interest rates.
16 Oct 2007
"Work Choices and Welfare to Work are leaving many Australian women with no choices", said Senator Rachel Siewert.
Each of these two measures, Work Choices and Welfare to Work, are hurting women. Together they represent a direct attack on a particularly vulnerable group in our community.
15 Oct 2007
With the release of research today showing that young people caring for family members with a disability are the most depressed group in our society, the Greens have marked Carer's Week with a call for a better deal for young carers.
15 Oct 2007
On the eve of Poverty Week the Australian Greens have called on the ALP to avoid the tendency to match the Coalition's blatant vote-buying tax cuts and to commit to give a fair go to Australian families living in poverty instead.
14 Oct 2007
From 1 July last year, child-care fee assistance under the Jobs Education and Training program (JET) was cut back to only include courses of study or training of up to 12 months for new participants.
11 Oct 2007
The government's recent changes to the Disability Support Pension, introduced as part of Welfare to Work, have made life a lot tougher for people with disabilities and their carers.
People are being shifted from disability pensions to Newstart Allowance, reducing their income but are not receiving adequate training or support necessary to get a job. Now these very same people are realising that they could have the power to turn the tables on the government and affect the outcome of this crucial federal election.