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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Social Security Quarantining Fears Valid

28 Oct 2007

The Australian Greens today welcomed the report 'The Obligation is Mutual' from the Catholic Social Services group.

The Australian Greens today welcomed the report 'The Obligation is Mutual' from the Catholic Social Services group.

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Ombudsman's report points to need for urgent inquiry into Welfare to Work

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.

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.

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Government ignores single mums

25 Oct 2007

The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.

The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.

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Greens highlight Universal Children's Day

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."

"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."

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Low income families in marginal electorates

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.

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.

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Women left with no choices

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.

"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.

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A better deal for young carers of the disabled?

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.

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.

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Greens: Put a fair go ahead of election tax cuts

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.

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.

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Sunday Rally: JET child care changes unfair

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.

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.

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Disability rights paramount

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.

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.

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