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.
25 Aug 2007
"Why is the government not publicly providing up-to-date figures on welfare breaches under their welfare to work laws," asks Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on community affairs.
16 Aug 2007
"Community organisations looking to help out in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory are likely to think twice once they learn that Mal Brough is giving himself the power to seize their assets and appoint spies to their governing boards," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
14 Aug 2007
Indigenous Australians continue to be breached under Welfare to Work at unacceptably high levels. 1644 Indigenous Australians received 8 week non-payment periods for breaching the welfare to work laws in the year ending 30 June 2007. This is an increase of around 250% from last year.
These massive increases should be ringing alarm bells within Government. It is completely unacceptable to implement a regime which is having such a detrimental effect on such a vulnerable group in our community. These figures are even more disturbing when the NT Intervention measures are taken into account. There was considerable evidence before the Senate Inquiry into the NT Bills that the Government's abolition of CDEP in the Northern Territory and the movement of people onto Welfare to Work will see these figures soar.
14 Aug 2007
"Indigenous Australians continue to be breached under Welfare to Work at unacceptably high levels," said Senator Siewert.
"1644 Indigenous Australians received 8 week non-payment periods for breaching the welfare to work laws in the year ending 30 June 2007. This is an increase of around 250% from last year."
14 Jul 2007
Greens call on Howard and Rudd to commit real resources to tackling problems faced by disadvantaged families
The two major parties are competing to see who can be tougher on welfare recipients without making any commitment to put in place positive measures to address the real causes of disadvantage.
06 Jul 2007
"The compulsory health checks were illegal from the outset. Now the government is trying to fix its mistake by using the threat of stringent welfare checks to coerce parents who refuse health checks for their children," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Indigenous Affairs spokesperson said in Alice Springs today.
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.