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.

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Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP)

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:

Senator Siewert  asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 29 November 2010:

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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.

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.

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Greens seek support, not more pressure for single parents

05 May 2011

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to better support single parents rather than subjecting them to new, punitive measures.

The Australian Greens have called on the Government to better support single parents rather than subjecting them to new, punitive measures.

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Greens seek jobs with justice

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.

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.

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Gaps still exist for families with teenagers living in poverty

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.

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.

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Gillard’s welfare policies more rubbery than her figures

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.

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.

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Abbott’s mental health plan contradictory

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.

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.

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Greens to look at carbon assistance for social services

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.

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.

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Government’s quick unemployment fix unlikely to deliver: Greens

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.

The Australian Greens say our current social security system is not working for jobless Australians, nor meeting the needs of industry for skilled workers.

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Abbott’s welfare plan a ‘cheap shot’ at vulnerable Australians

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.

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.

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