Family, Ageing, Community and 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.
10 May 2011
Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 29 November 2010:
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010
10 May 2011
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (13:26): The Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010 is a bit of a grab bag of miscellaneous measures with certain schedules in and then out, in and then out.
05 May 2011
The Australian Greens have called on the Government to better support single parents rather than subjecting them to new, punitive measures.
05 May 2011
The Australian Greens continue to pressure the Government to act on failings in its flagship Indigenous housing program SIHIP, which was meant to be a key plank of the NT Intervention.
04 May 2011
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Community Services says the Greens welcome the re-announcement today of measures to boost family payments for teenage children, but are aware that significant poverty traps still exist that urgently need to be fixed.
02 May 2011
While the Prime Minister continues to imply that there are hundreds of thousands of Australians on unemployment benefits who are unwilling to work, the Australian Greens say this is not the case, with the focus on tough talk and misleading figures coming at the expense of effective action.
21 Apr 2011
Mr Abbott needs to decide whether he is going to be tough on welfare recipients or take a genuine caring approach the Australian Greens said today.
15 Apr 2011
Senator Rachel Siewert has today highlighted the Australian Greens intention to continue to look at options for assisting the community sector with the move to a carbon price.
14 Apr 2011
The Australian Greens say our current social security system is not working for jobless Australians, nor meeting the needs of industry for skilled workers.
31 Mar 2011
The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott’s call for welfare reforms is a cheap shot against vulnerable people and demonstrates the Coalition’s lack of compassion and understanding of the issues surrounding unemployment and income support.