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.
03 Dec 2007
The Greens today called for the newly sworn-in Rudd Government to take action on the International Day of people with Disability.
20 Nov 2007
The Australian Greens today reiterated their support for the National CSTDA Community Alliance campaign.
Today, across Australia people with a disability, their families and supporters will be calling for a fair go for people with a disability and their families!
16 Nov 2007
The Australian Greens today put their support behind the calls by the Disability Alliance to address the needs of people with a disability.
15 Nov 2007
Yesterday the Greens supported calls from the community to 'Turn Down the Tap' in Alice Springs to put in place truly effective measures to address the rivers of grog flowing through the town.
13 Nov 2007
The report released yesterday by the Mental Health Council of Australia, Let's Get to Work, is further confirmation of the wrong-headed and damaging approach of the Government's Welfare to Work laws.
01 Nov 2007
I'm fresh back from a forum held in Melbourne by the Australian Association for Families of Children with a Disability (AAFCD). It was a great chance to talk to concerned members of what is a largely ignored section of the community. Speaking and answering questions alongside myself were Annette Ellis MP from the ALP, Minister for Family & Community Services Mal Brough from the Liberal Party, Democrats Senator Lynn Allison and Junelle Rhodes from the Carers Alliance party.
The Australian Greens believe that all people have a right to independence, self-determination and choice in their lives. We believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the social, political, economic and cultural life of our society, regardless of differing abilities, and we believe that all people have the right to be informed participants in the decisions that impact upon their health and well-being.
29 Oct 2007
The National Rural Heath Alliance has issued its updated election scorecard, placing the Australian Greens ahead of all other political parties.
"The Greens have been calling for priority funding for Indigenous health and advocating a strategy to 'close the gap' on life expectancy within a generation," said Senator Rachel Siewert.
29 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today welcomed the report 'The Obligation is Mutual' from the Catholic Social Services group.
27 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today called for a comprehensive review of the impacts of the Government's Welfare to Work regime to be carried out by the Ombudsman as a matter of urgency.
25 Oct 2007
The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.