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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WA Government playing catch-up on housing

11 Dec 2008

The WA Government needs to seriously invest in Indigenous housing, to address inadequate funding in the past by both State and Federal Governments, said the Australian Greens today.

"Both State and Federal governments need to play catch-up fast by investing the funding required to replace or upgrade homes in Indigenous communities," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

A recent WA government audit found that $540 million needs to be spent renovating nearly 2,500 homes in Indigenous communities in Western Australia.

The WA Government needs to seriously invest in Indigenous housing, to address inadequate funding in the past by both State and Federal Governments, said the Australian Greens today.

"Both State and Federal governments need to play catch-up fast by investing the funding required to replace or upgrade homes in Indigenous communities," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

A recent WA government audit found that $540 million needs to be spent renovating nearly 2,500 homes in Indigenous communities in Western Australia.

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Employment Services Reform

06 Dec 2008

The Welfare to Work regime introduced by the previous government was unfair, punitive and ineffective in providing an adequate safety net and genuinely engaging job seekers in securing appropriate work.

The Welfare to Work regime introduced by the previous government was unfair, punitive and ineffective in providing an adequate safety net and genuinely engaging job seekers in securing appropriate work.

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Schooling Requirements Bill

06 Dec 2008

The Australian Greens believe that the best educational and social outcomes for Australian families and their children will be achieved if the children are enrolled in and regularly attending school and actively participating in an education that is relevant to their lives, their culture and their aspirations. However, we do not believe that this is what the Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Schooling Requirements) Bill 2008 is all about. This bill is not a genuine attempt to deliver educational engagement. It is nothing more than an exercise in crass populism, with no evidence base whatsoever, from a government that should know better.

The Australian Greens believe that the best educational and social outcomes for Australian families and their children will be achieved if the children are enrolled in and regularly attending school and actively participating in an education that is relevant to their lives, their culture and their aspirations. However, we do not believe that this is what the Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Schooling Requirements) Bill 2008 is all about. This bill is not a genuine attempt to deliver educational engagement. It is nothing more than an exercise in crass populism, with no evidence base whatsoever, from a government that should know better.

media-releases

Veterans’ partners’ payments secured

04 Dec 2008

The Australian Greens this week ensured financial security for the most vulnerable of veterans' partners in the event of a relationship breakdown.

"The Greens have succeeded in ensuring common sense amendments to the partner pensions legislation that will protect a very vulnerable group of people who have already suffered a lot and who stood to face further suffering by elements of this Bill," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens this week ensured financial security for the most vulnerable of veterans' partners in the event of a relationship breakdown.

"The Greens have succeeded in ensuring common sense amendments to the partner pensions legislation that will protect a very vulnerable group of people who have already suffered a lot and who stood to face further suffering by elements of this Bill," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

news-stories

Stop the welfare trials

04 Dec 2008

The income management trial for child protection started in the Cannington area and the Kimberley region on 24th November 2008. Alongside this, income management trial for truancy was expected to commence in the Cannington area (but now seems to be on hold, due to opposition from the WA Government) and the Northern Territory in 2009.
The Australian Greens believe that rather than attempting to punish
struggling, low-income families, the Government should be dealing with
the underlying causes of neglect and delivering proper support for
families in crisis.

The income management trial for child protection started in the Cannington area and the Kimberley region on 24th November 2008. Alongside this, income management trial for truancy was expected to commence in the Cannington area (but now seems to be on hold, due to opposition from the WA Government) and the Northern Territory in 2009.
The Australian Greens believe that rather than attempting to punish
struggling, low-income families, the Government should be dealing with
the underlying causes of neglect and delivering proper support for
families in crisis.

speeches-in-parliament

Aged Care Amendment Bill

03 Dec 2008

As Australia's population ages, we face an increasing responsibility to ensure that older generations are provided with quality, accessible aged-care services. The Australian Greens firmly believe that the provision of these services should be designed to ensure that people of all ages are an integral part of our communities, that they are able to live their lives in safety and comfort and that they can maintain strong links with their family, friends and broader community.

As Australia's population ages, we face an increasing responsibility to ensure that older generations are provided with quality, accessible aged-care services. The Australian Greens firmly believe that the provision of these services should be designed to ensure that people of all ages are an integral part of our communities, that they are able to live their lives in safety and comfort and that they can maintain strong links with their family, friends and broader community.

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Speech to AAFCD

03 Dec 2008

Rachel delivers a speech to the Australian Association for Families of Children with a Disability

Rachel delivers a speech to the Australian Association for Families of Children with a Disability

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Veterans & Pensions

02 Dec 2008

The Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 is an omnibus bill that deals with three very different but important issues for families.

The Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 is an omnibus bill that deals with three very different but important issues for families.

media-releases

Greens back churches call for crisis response

27 Nov 2008

The Australian Greens have indicated their support for the call by major church providers for the establishment of a ‘crisis and recovery fund' to help those most hurt by the global financial crisis.

"The real face of the global financial crisis isn't the banks, it is the families on the margins; those who are losing their job; those who are at risk of having their mortgage foreclosed for the first time in their lives," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The Australian Greens have indicated their support for the call by major church providers for the establishment of a ‘crisis and recovery fund' to help those most hurt by the global financial crisis.

"The real face of the global financial crisis isn't the banks, it is the families on the margins; those who are losing their job; those who are at risk of having their mortgage foreclosed for the first time in their lives," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Welfare reforms will only damage communities

19 Nov 2008

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government's move to commence welfare quarantining trials in Cannington and the Kimberley in Western Australia.

"It is clear that the Government has not thought through the impacts of their planned welfare quarantining trials. I am appalled that the Government thinks this type of approach is the way to deal with this complex social problem," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

The Australian Greens today condemned the Government's move to commence welfare quarantining trials in Cannington and the Kimberley in Western Australia.

"It is clear that the Government has not thought through the impacts of their planned welfare quarantining trials. I am appalled that the Government thinks this type of approach is the way to deal with this complex social problem," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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