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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Veterans’ partners’ payments secured

04 Dec 2008

The Australian Greens this week ensured financial security for the most vulnerable of veterans' partners in the event of a relationship breakdown.

"The Greens have succeeded in ensuring common sense amendments to the partner pensions legislation that will protect a very vulnerable group of people who have already suffered a lot and who stood to face further suffering by elements of this Bill," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens this week ensured financial security for the most vulnerable of veterans' partners in the event of a relationship breakdown.

"The Greens have succeeded in ensuring common sense amendments to the partner pensions legislation that will protect a very vulnerable group of people who have already suffered a lot and who stood to face further suffering by elements of this Bill," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Stop the welfare trials

04 Dec 2008

The income management trial for child protection started in the Cannington area and the Kimberley region on 24th November 2008. Alongside this, income management trial for truancy was expected to commence in the Cannington area (but now seems to be on hold, due to opposition from the WA Government) and the Northern Territory in 2009.
The Australian Greens believe that rather than attempting to punish
struggling, low-income families, the Government should be dealing with
the underlying causes of neglect and delivering proper support for
families in crisis.

The income management trial for child protection started in the Cannington area and the Kimberley region on 24th November 2008. Alongside this, income management trial for truancy was expected to commence in the Cannington area (but now seems to be on hold, due to opposition from the WA Government) and the Northern Territory in 2009.
The Australian Greens believe that rather than attempting to punish
struggling, low-income families, the Government should be dealing with
the underlying causes of neglect and delivering proper support for
families in crisis.

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Aged Care Amendment Bill

04 Dec 2008

As Australia's population ages, we face an increasing responsibility to ensure that older generations are provided with quality, accessible aged-care services. The Australian Greens firmly believe that the provision of these services should be designed to ensure that people of all ages are an integral part of our communities, that they are able to live their lives in safety and comfort and that they can maintain strong links with their family, friends and broader community.

As Australia's population ages, we face an increasing responsibility to ensure that older generations are provided with quality, accessible aged-care services. The Australian Greens firmly believe that the provision of these services should be designed to ensure that people of all ages are an integral part of our communities, that they are able to live their lives in safety and comfort and that they can maintain strong links with their family, friends and broader community.

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Speech to AAFCD

03 Dec 2008

Rachel delivers a speech to the Australian Association for Families of Children with a Disability

Rachel delivers a speech to the Australian Association for Families of Children with a Disability

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Veterans & Pensions

02 Dec 2008

The Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 is an omnibus bill that deals with three very different but important issues for families.

The Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 is an omnibus bill that deals with three very different but important issues for families.

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Greens back churches call for crisis response

27 Nov 2008

The Australian Greens have indicated their support for the call by major church providers for the establishment of a ‘crisis and recovery fund' to help those most hurt by the global financial crisis.

"The real face of the global financial crisis isn't the banks, it is the families on the margins; those who are losing their job; those who are at risk of having their mortgage foreclosed for the first time in their lives," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The Australian Greens have indicated their support for the call by major church providers for the establishment of a ‘crisis and recovery fund' to help those most hurt by the global financial crisis.

"The real face of the global financial crisis isn't the banks, it is the families on the margins; those who are losing their job; those who are at risk of having their mortgage foreclosed for the first time in their lives," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Welfare reforms will only damage communities

19 Nov 2008

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government's move to commence welfare quarantining trials in Cannington and the Kimberley in Western Australia.

"It is clear that the Government has not thought through the impacts of their planned welfare quarantining trials. I am appalled that the Government thinks this type of approach is the way to deal with this complex social problem," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government's move to commence welfare quarantining trials in Cannington and the Kimberley in Western Australia.

"It is clear that the Government has not thought through the impacts of their planned welfare quarantining trials. I am appalled that the Government thinks this type of approach is the way to deal with this complex social problem," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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School Requirements Bill needs rethink

13 Nov 2008

The Australian Greens today called on the Government to withdraw the School Requirements Bill, saying that it is poor legislation, lacks an evidence base and contradicts the Governments social inclusion agenda.

"The Greens today tabled a dissenting report in the Senate following the Community Affairs Committee inquiry into the Bill. Evidence to the Committee was overwhelmingly opposed to this punitive approach to school attendance. There is simply no evidence to support this approach," said Senator Siewert.

The Australian Greens today called on the Government to withdraw the School Requirements Bill, saying that it is poor legislation, lacks an evidence base and contradicts the Governments social inclusion agenda.

"The Greens today tabled a dissenting report in the Senate following the Community Affairs Committee inquiry into the Bill. Evidence to the Committee was overwhelmingly opposed to this punitive approach to school attendance. There is simply no evidence to support this approach," said Senator Siewert.

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Greens push for immediate changes to Special Disability Trusts

16 Oct 2008

The Australian Greens have called on the Rudd Government to adopt recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into Special Disability Trusts tabled today in the Senate. The recommendations address current problems with the legislation.

"While the introduction of the Special Disability Trust in September 2006 was welcomed, there were significant flaws in the legislation which discouraged people from establishing these trusts," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens have called on the Rudd Government to adopt recommendations from the Senate Inquiry into Special Disability Trusts tabled today in the Senate. The recommendations address current problems with the legislation.

"While the introduction of the Special Disability Trust in September 2006 was welcomed, there were significant flaws in the legislation which discouraged people from establishing these trusts," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Special Disability Trusts Report

16 Oct 2008

It is with great pleasure that I present this report to the Senate. I am actually very pleased to be the one who is presenting the report to the Senate, because it was the Greens that referred this issue to the community affairs committee for inquiry-with very strong support from the coalition and the government, I will add.

It is with great pleasure that I present this report to the Senate. I am actually very pleased to be the one who is presenting the report to the Senate, because it was the Greens that referred this issue to the community affairs committee for inquiry-with very strong support from the coalition and the government, I will add.

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