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.
05 Jul 2007
The Howard government should be supporting successful community-led programs, Greens spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert said in Alice Springs today.
"Tangentyere council has been running a voluntary food voucher program, based on quarantining a portion of Centrelink payments, successfully for 25 years," Senator Siewert said.
05 Jul 2007
"Today's decision by the Australian Fair Pay Commission on minimum wages demonstrates the core purpose of the Commission, like Work Choices itself is to keep wages down," said Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on industrial relations.
25 Jun 2007
"Many single mums are being forced to drop out of degrees and take on huge debts since the Government changed its eligibility criteria for childcare assistance while studying," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
22 Jun 2007
The Greens say the Prime Minister's omission of major centres such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, and Elliott from his alcohol ban plans fails long-time Aboriginal calls to block the biggest sales outlets and deal with the major centres of child sexual abuse.
13 Jun 2007
The ALP performed another embarrassing reversal last night when they changed position and backed down on supporting changes to 'principal carers' provisions in the Senate proposed by the Australian Greens.
12 Jun 2007
The Greens want all parents to receive the Baby Bonus in fortnightly payments, not just those under the age of 18.
The Greens will today seek to amend the Government's baby bonus legislation to extend fortnightly payments to all recipients unless a lump sum is specifically approved.
12 Jun 2007
The Australian Greens support the need for reform to the Child Support Scheme. The last time we debated the new scheme we indicated our support for it.
30 May 2007
"The decision by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to strip Aid/Watch of its charity tax status is another attack on Australian democracy," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
30 May 2007
"The ABS statistics released today on working hours show women are losing out in our workplaces," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"More women than men are working multiple jobs. 58% of employees who work more than one job are women. This startling statistic is a consequence of government policies that have reduced many women to needing to take more than one part-time job to make ends meet," she said.
"The government's Welfare to Work regime forces single mothers to take any job they are offered, while changes to the Job, Employment and Training (JET) program effectively prevents these women from studying and therefore reduces opportunities for better work. As a result many women are being forced into low paid unskilled jobs."
09 May 2007
"Once again the Government has failed to adequately address the real needs of carers and people with disabilities in our community. A one-off "bonus" payment will not go far in providing the systematic change and on-going support needed to properly care for our carers", said Senator Rachel Siewert today.