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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Greens welcome call for a ten year poverty plan

20 Aug 2010

The Australian Greens today welcomed a call by the major church providers for the next government of Australia to work with community services to develop a 10 year plan to tackle poverty.

The Australian Greens today welcomed a call by the major church providers for the next government of Australia to work with community services to develop a 10 year plan to tackle poverty.

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Greens launch crucial dementia initiative

17 Aug 2010

The Australian Greens have launched their comprehensive Dementia Initiative in Perth today, saying Australia faces a growing epidemic of dementia in coming years.

The Australian Greens have launched their comprehensive Dementia Initiative in Perth today, saying Australia faces a growing epidemic of dementia in coming years.

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Greens continue push for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights

16 Aug 2010

The Greens have consistently stood up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and I'm proud of the action we're taken in the Senate on such things as the Stolen Generations, opposing the NT intervention and the roll out of income quarantining, on health services, petrol sniffing, stolen wages and kidney dialysis.

The Greens have consistently stood up for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and I'm proud of the action we're taken in the Senate on such things as the Stolen Generations, opposing the NT intervention and the roll out of income quarantining, on health services, petrol sniffing, stolen wages and kidney dialysis.

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Government's responsibilities not being met in new welfare policy

11 Aug 2010

The Greens have criticised the lack of balance in Julia Gillard's new "Modernising Australia's Welfare System" policy, suggesting that many of the opportunities it claims to be creating are illusory and the responsibility all seems to be heading in one direction.

The Greens have criticised the lack of balance in Julia Gillard's new "Modernising Australia's Welfare System" policy, suggesting that many of the opportunities it claims to be creating are illusory and the responsibility all seems to be heading in one direction.

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Greens will keep government honest on delivering Not-for-Profit reform

09 Aug 2010

The Greens have welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister of her reform agenda for the government's relationship with the not-for-profit sector.

The Greens have welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister of her reform agenda for the government's relationship with the not-for-profit sector.

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Greens launch comprehensive aged care reform agenda

08 Aug 2010

The Greens launched their aged care policy - Aged Care for the Future – today, outlining their plan to meet the immediate needs of Australia’s aged care sector and set out a comprehensive long-term reform agenda.

The Greens launched their aged care policy - Aged Care for the Future – today, outlining their plan to meet the immediate needs of Australia’s aged care sector and set out a comprehensive long-term reform agenda.

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No cheap fix on offer for Aged Care crisis: Greens

30 Jul 2010

“The Australian Greens are extremely concerned that neither of the major parties are showing any evidence of taking the emerging crisis in aged care seriously,” said Greens Health and Ageing spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

“The Australian Greens are extremely concerned that neither of the major parties are showing any evidence of taking the emerging crisis in aged care seriously,” said Greens Health and Ageing spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Income management expansion unacceptable: Greens

28 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens have criticised Tony Abbott’s announcement that a Liberal Government would consider a nationwide expansion of income management.

The Australian Greens have criticised Tony Abbott’s announcement that a Liberal Government would consider a nationwide expansion of income management.

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Working for families

19 Jul 2010

We hear a lot of noise these days about ‘working families’ – but how much is the government actually doing for them?The Greens have some practical ideas about how to better support family and community life.

We hear a lot of noise these days about ‘working families’ – but how much is the government actually doing for them?

The Greens have some practical ideas about how to better support family and community life.

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Transformative change in disability services essential for equal future- Greens

12 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens have announced their commitment to transformative change in disability support services and support the principles underpinning of the proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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