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.

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International Day of people with Disability

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.

The Greens today called for the newly sworn-in Rudd Government to take action on the International Day of people with Disability.

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Disability a key election issue

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!

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!

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Greens support Disability Alliance claims

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.

The Australian Greens today put their support behind the calls by the Disability Alliance to address the needs of people with a disability.

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Greens: Turn Down the Tap

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.

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.

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Support not punishment for welfare system

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.

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.

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Disabled & Carers need a fair go

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.

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.

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Greens work on Indigenous health gets top marks

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.

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.

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Social Security Quarantining Fears Valid

29 Oct 2007

The Australian Greens today welcomed the report 'The Obligation is Mutual' from the Catholic Social Services group.

The Australian Greens today welcomed the report 'The Obligation is Mutual' from the Catholic Social Services group.

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Ombudsman's report points to need for urgent inquiry into Welfare to Work

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.

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.

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Government ignores single mums

25 Oct 2007

The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.

The Australian Greens today blasted the Government for their treatment of single mothers.

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