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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Your Newstart Stories

16 May 2012

As part of our Newstart campaign, we asked for your stories and we're really grateful for the responses we've had.

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Budget measures target the poorest members of our community

24 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Treasurer Joe Hockey was feeding concern and uncertainty over imminent cuts, as he works towards budget savings on the backs of our most vulnerable people.

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Disability Support Pension changes will entrench poverty

20 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens have responded with anger to Minister Kevin Andrews comments that he will implement a disability crackdown.

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Government must address poverty concerns ahead of pension changes

19 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today the government must address unemployment and poverty levels amongst older Australians before making changes to the aged pension.

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Pension cuts could heap more pressure on an uncertain not-for-profit sector

16 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that potential changes to the aged pension could increase pressure on an already struggling community sector.

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Government breaks the trust of older Australians

15 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott and his Government are breaking the trust of older Australians with the mooted changes to the aged pension in the coming budget.

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Ongoing uncertainty about pension changes

12 Apr 2014

Senator Rachel Siewert speaks about the ongoing uncertainty about the Government's plans for the aged pension.

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Pension changes could impact some of our most vulnerable

11 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that changes to the pension age would impact some of the most vulnerable people in our community and break a promise made by the Abbott Government to millions of older Australians.

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Treasurer’s comments shows lack of respect for vulnerable Australians

10 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today that Treasurer Joe Hockey is showing no respect to vulnerable Australians as he tries to soften the ground for a series of harsh cuts in the May budget.

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Employment program cuts could jeopardise opportunities for vulnerable young people

09 Apr 2014

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Government may be jeopardising the futures of vulnerable young people by axing effective employment programs.

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