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.
11 Aug 2010
The Greens have criticised the lack of balance in Julia Gillard's new "Modernising Australia's Welfare System" policy, suggesting that many of the opportunities it claims to be creating are illusory and the responsibility all seems to be heading in one direction.
09 Aug 2010
The Greens have welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister of her reform agenda for the government's relationship with the not-for-profit sector.
08 Aug 2010
The Greens launched their aged care policy - Aged Care for the Future – today, outlining their plan to meet the immediate needs of Australia’s aged care sector and set out a comprehensive long-term reform agenda.
30 Jul 2010
“The Australian Greens are extremely concerned that neither of the major parties are showing any evidence of taking the emerging crisis in aged care seriously,” said Greens Health and Ageing spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.
28 Jul 2010
The Australian Greens have criticised Tony Abbott’s announcement that a Liberal Government would consider a nationwide expansion of income management.
19 Jul 2010
We hear a lot of noise these days about ‘working families’ – but how much is the government actually doing for them?
The Greens have some practical ideas about how to better support family and community life.
07 Jul 2010
Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Community Services has today expressed great disappointment with the Prime Minister’s decision to continue punitive income management measures in the Northern Territory.
05 Jul 2010
It was greatly disappointing to see both the Government and Coalition support the expansion of income management measures in the biggest change to Australia’s system of social security since the Second World War.
24 Jun 2010
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (12.29 pm)—I will keep my comments brief. The Greens will be supporting the Social Security and Indigenous Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010.