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

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.

media-releases

Gillard Government needs to act on threats to social services

30 Mar 2011

30 March 2011
Workers in the social service and care sectors will be lost to a ‘perfect storm’ of coinciding threats to community services unless the Gillard Government acts on reform promises, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert told the Australian Council of Social Services conference in Melbourne today.

30 March 2011


Workers in the social service and care sectors will be lost to a ‘perfect storm’ of coinciding threats to community services unless the Gillard Government acts on reform promises, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert told the Australian Council of Social Services conference in Melbourne today.

media-releases

Abbott’s intervention plan continues past mistakes: Greens

21 Mar 2011

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott’s plan for a new intervention in Alice Springs reflects the Coalition’s continued lack of understanding of the issues facing NT communities.

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott’s plan for a new intervention in Alice Springs reflects the Coalition’s continued lack of understanding of the issues facing NT communities.

media-releases

Greens to resist welfare quarantine expansion

10 Mar 2011

The Australian Greens have vowed to resist efforts by the Government or Coalition to expand income management measures around Australia, describing it as lazy and ignorant policy thinking.

The Australian Greens have vowed to resist efforts by the Government or Coalition to expand income management measures around Australia, describing it as lazy and ignorant policy thinking.

media-releases

Mining tax ideal funding for disability insurance scheme: Greens

28 Feb 2011

The Australian Greens say funds from the mining tax could be used to pay for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, providing long term security to Australia’s disability support services and ensuring budget cuts won’t be needed to fund the scheme.

estimates

Employment Wages on Basics Cards

25 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 25 February 2011Senator SIEWERT—Senator Scullion, if you have finished that line of questioning, can I go back to this issue about workers being paid on BasicsCard and the SIHIP and CDEP issues I raised in the Senate a while ago. Minister, as I understand it, there was an investigation going on to look into the issue and I am wondering—

Community Affairs 25 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—Senator Scullion, if you have finished that line of questioning, can I go back to this issue about workers being paid on BasicsCard and the SIHIP and CDEP issues I raised in the Senate a while ago. Minister, as I understand it, there was an investigation going on to look into the issue and I am wondering—

estimates

HOIL

25 Feb 2011

Community Affairs - 25 FebruarySenator SIEWERT—I want to ask about HOIL. Is it appropriate to ask that here?

Community Affairs - 25 February

Senator SIEWERT—I want to ask about HOIL. Is it appropriate to ask that here?

estimates

Payment Suspensions - Followup

25 Feb 2011

Community Affairs - Friday 25 FebruaryCHAIR—Senator Siewert, you wanted to clarify something?Senator SIEWERT—Yes. Last night we did not break it down into what was Northern Territory and what was Queensland of that 120. Of the 120, there are 38 in the Northern Territory?

Community Affairs - Friday 25 February

CHAIR—Senator Siewert, you wanted to clarify something?

Senator SIEWERT—Yes. Last night we did not break it down into what was Northern Territory and what was Queensland of that 120. Of the 120, there are 38 in the Northern Territory?

estimates

Income Management

25 Feb 2011

Community Affairs - 25 February 2011CHAIR—Senator Siewert, we will now move on to the areas around income management.

Community Affairs - 25 February 2011

CHAIR—Senator Siewert, we will now move on to the areas around income management.

estimates

Income Management Rollout

24 Feb 2011

Community Affairs 24 February 2011
CHAIR—We will reconvene. We have questions from Senator Siewert. Senator SIEWERT—I wanted to go to income management, but is it possible to ask some questions about the SSAT tribunal appeals process?

Community Affairs 24 February 2011


CHAIR—We will reconvene. We have questions from Senator Siewert.

Senator SIEWERT—I wanted to go to income management, but is it possible to ask some questions about the SSAT tribunal appeals process?

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