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.

media-releases

Re-released report adds nothing to the case for Income Management

22 Dec 2010

Over a year after the release of a draft report caused a furore – when the Minister Jenny Macklin unjustifiably claimed it provided evidence to support continuing controversial measures in Aboriginal communities in Northern Territory – the release of the ‘final’ report adds nothing to the case for income management, according to the Greens.

Over a year after the release of a draft report caused a furore – when the Minister Jenny Macklin unjustifiably claimed it provided evidence to support continuing controversial measures in Aboriginal communities in Northern Territory – the release of the ‘final’ report adds nothing to the case for income management, according to the Greens.

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Audit report damns Indigenous home ownership program –Greens

21 Dec 2010

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a damning report on the ill-conceived Home Ownership on Indigenous Land (HOIL) program.

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a damning report on the ill-conceived Home Ownership on Indigenous Land (HOIL) program.

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New data highlights the scale of emergent aged care crisis - Greens

09 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens say data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is further proof that immediate action is needed to tackle the emerging crisis in Australia’s residential aged care services.

The Australian Greens say data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is further proof that immediate action is needed to tackle the emerging crisis in Australia’s residential aged care services.

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ACAR announcement shows depth of residential aged care crisis

08 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens say the Federal Government’s 2009-10 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) announcement leaves many states significantly under resourced for residential aged care.

The Australian Greens say the Federal Government’s 2009-10 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) announcement leaves many states significantly under resourced for residential aged care.

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Greens call for national redress scheme

07 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens are recommending the development of a national standard for redress schemes for those adversely affected by past government policies and practices.

The Australian Greens are recommending the development of a national standard for redress schemes for those adversely affected by past government policies and practices.

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WA left out of national aged care reform

30 Nov 2010

The Australian Greens have written to Health Minister Nicola Roxon and the Minister for Ageing Mark Butler, calling for an end to Western Australia’s exclusion from consultations on aged care reforms under the National Health and Hospital Network Agreement.

The Australian Greens have written to Health Minister Nicola Roxon and the Minister for Ageing Mark Butler, calling for an end to Western Australia’s exclusion from consultations on aged care reforms under the National Health and Hospital Network Agreement.

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Aged care organisations face ongoing allocation delays

29 Nov 2010

The Australian Greens have voiced deep concern at the Federal Government’s delay in announcing the 2010 allocation of aged care bed licences and community care packages.

The Australian Greens have voiced deep concern at the Federal Government’s delay in announcing the 2010 allocation of aged care bed licences and community care packages.

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Indigenous Employment - Motion to take notice speech

17 Nov 2010

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.34 pm)—I am going to take note of only one of the answers, and that is about the issue of SIHIP and the Aboriginal employment program. I am very concerned and want to clarify the employment and working conditions for Aboriginal workers employed under SIHIP. We want to know under what conditions participants in CDEP, traineeships or Work for the Dole programs are being employed. We have received some very disturbing reports from communities in Central Australia of inconsistent and in fact exploitative treatment of Aboriginal workers. This, surely, should not be happening in what is supposed to be one of our premier infrastructure programs in this country.

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (3.34 pm)—I am going to take note of only one of the answers, and that is about the issue of SIHIP and the Aboriginal employment program. I am very concerned and want to clarify the employment and working conditions for Aboriginal workers employed under SIHIP. We want to know under what conditions participants in CDEP, traineeships or Work for the Dole programs are being employed. We have received some very disturbing reports from communities in Central Australia of inconsistent and in fact exploitative treatment of Aboriginal workers. This, surely, should not be happening in what is supposed to be one of our premier infrastructure programs in this country.

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Indigenous Employment

17 Nov 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.22 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Arbib, who also happens to be the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development. I would like to draw the minister’s attention to recent reports of Aboriginal workers renovating houses under SIHIP in Central Australia. Is the minister aware of claims that CDEP participants are being used in preference to providing real jobs for Aboriginal workers and that these CDEP workers have been underpaid, some have not been paid top up or some have had diminishing rates of top up? Is it a fact that some of these workers are in fact on the BasicsCard? If the minister is aware of this, what is the government doing about addressing the problems in this key infrastructure program?

Senator SIEWERT (2.22 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Arbib, who also happens to be the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development. I would like to draw the minister’s attention to recent reports of Aboriginal workers renovating houses under SIHIP in Central Australia. Is the minister aware of claims that CDEP participants are being used in preference to providing real jobs for Aboriginal workers and that these CDEP workers have been underpaid, some have not been paid top up or some have had diminishing rates of top up? Is it a fact that some of these workers are in fact on the BasicsCard? If the minister is aware of this, what is the government doing about addressing the problems in this key infrastructure program?

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Social Security Legislation Amendment (Connecting People with Jobs) Bill 2010

16 Nov 2010

Second Reading SpeechSenator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (12.40 pm)—The Greens do not support the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Connecting People with Jobs) Bill 2010 and I will articulate why. During the election the government announced the Connecting People with Jobs trial, which will allow long-term unemployed people—those who have been out of work for 12 months or more—to be eligible for reimbursement of up to $3,000 if they relocate to a metropolitan area for work or up to $6,000 if they relocate to a regional area for work, plus an additional $3,000 if they have dependent children. The trial, as we know, will provide a wage subsidy of $2,500 to employers as an incentive to employ these particular job seekers. The trial will be for two years and is aimed to assist 2,000 people.

Second Reading Speech
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (12.40 pm)—The Greens do not support the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Connecting People with Jobs) Bill 2010 and I will articulate why. During the election the government announced the Connecting People with Jobs trial, which will allow long-term unemployed people—those who have been out of work for 12 months or more—to be eligible for reimbursement of up to $3,000 if they relocate to a metropolitan area for work or up to $6,000 if they relocate to a regional area for work, plus an additional $3,000 if they have dependent children. The trial, as we know, will provide a wage subsidy of $2,500 to employers as an incentive to employ these particular job seekers. The trial will be for two years and is aimed to assist 2,000 people.

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