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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Indigenous welfare breaches unacceptable

14 Aug 2007

"Indigenous Australians continue to be breached under Welfare to Work at unacceptably high levels," said Senator Siewert.

"1644 Indigenous Australians received 8 week non-payment periods for breaching the welfare to work laws in the year ending 30 June 2007. This is an increase of around 250% from last year."

"Indigenous Australians continue to be breached under Welfare to Work at unacceptably high levels," said Senator Siewert.


"1644 Indigenous Australians received 8 week non-payment periods for breaching the welfare to work laws in the year ending 30 June 2007. This is an increase of around 250% from last year."

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Howard and Rudd talk tough on welfare but offer no solutions

14 Jul 2007

Greens call on Howard and Rudd to commit real resources to tackling problems faced by disadvantaged families 
 
The two major parties are competing to see who can be tougher on welfare recipients without making any commitment to put in place positive measures to address the real causes of disadvantage.

Greens call on Howard and Rudd to commit real resources to tackling problems faced by disadvantaged families 
 
The two major parties are competing to see who can be tougher on welfare recipients without making any commitment to put in place positive measures to address the real causes of disadvantage.

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Government using welfare to 'coerce' parents on health checks – Greens

06 Jul 2007

"The compulsory health checks were illegal from the outset. Now the government is trying to fix its mistake by using the threat of stringent welfare checks to coerce parents who refuse health checks for their children," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Indigenous Affairs spokesperson said in Alice Springs today.

"The compulsory health checks were illegal from the outset. Now the government is trying to fix its mistake by using the threat of stringent welfare checks to coerce parents who refuse health checks for their children," Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Indigenous Affairs spokesperson said in Alice Springs today.

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Brough should abolish fees for Tangentyere food voucher program – Greens

05 Jul 2007

The Howard government should be supporting successful community-led programs, Greens spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert said in Alice Springs today.

"Tangentyere council has been running a voluntary food voucher program, based on quarantining a portion of Centrelink payments, successfully for 25 years," Senator Siewert said.

The Howard government should be supporting successful community-led programs, Greens spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert said in Alice Springs today.

"Tangentyere council has been running a voluntary food voucher program, based on quarantining a portion of Centrelink payments, successfully for 25 years," Senator Siewert said.

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Low Paid in no-win situation under Work Choices

05 Jul 2007

"Today's decision by the Australian Fair Pay Commission on minimum wages demonstrates the core purpose of the Commission, like Work Choices itself is to keep wages down," said Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on industrial relations.

"Today's decision by the Australian Fair Pay Commission on minimum wages demonstrates the core purpose of the Commission, like Work Choices itself is to keep wages down," said Senator Rachel Siewert, the Greens spokesperson on industrial relations.

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Studying single mums forced into child care debt

25 Jun 2007

"Many single mums are being forced to drop out of degrees and take on huge debts since the Government changed its eligibility criteria for childcare assistance while studying," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Many single mums are being forced to drop out of degrees and take on huge debts since the Government changed its eligibility criteria for childcare assistance while studying," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

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Greens challenge Howard's neglect on grog, sex abuse

22 Jun 2007

The Greens say the Prime Minister's omission of major centres such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, and Elliott from his alcohol ban plans fails long-time Aboriginal calls to block the biggest sales outlets and deal with the major centres of child sexual abuse.

The Greens say the Prime Minister's omission of major centres such as Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, and Elliott from his alcohol ban plans fails long-time Aboriginal calls to block the biggest sales outlets and deal with the major centres of child sexual abuse.

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ALP back-flip on welfare principles

13 Jun 2007

The ALP performed another embarrassing reversal last night when they changed position and backed down on supporting changes to 'principal carers' provisions in the Senate proposed by the Australian Greens.

The ALP performed another embarrassing reversal last night when they changed position and backed down on supporting changes to 'principal carers' provisions in the Senate proposed by the Australian Greens.

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Greens: Apply new baby bonus rules to all

12 Jun 2007

The Greens want all parents to receive the Baby Bonus in fortnightly payments, not just those under the age of 18.

The Greens will today seek to amend the Government's baby bonus legislation to extend fortnightly payments to all recipients unless a lump sum is specifically approved.

The Greens want all parents to receive the Baby Bonus in fortnightly payments, not just those under the age of 18.


The Greens will today seek to amend the Government's baby bonus legislation to extend fortnightly payments to all recipients unless a lump sum is specifically approved.

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Baby bonus goes off the rails

12 Jun 2007

The Australian Greens support the need for reform to the Child Support Scheme. The last time we debated the new scheme we indicated our support for it.

The Australian Greens support the need for reform to the Child Support Scheme. The last time we debated the new scheme we indicated our support for it.

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