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.

media-releases

Rudd's Big Let Down on Social Security Reform – Australian Greens

04 May 2010

The Government’s too hard basket is overflowing today, as the vast majority of the Henry Review’s recommendations are ignored in favour of a couple of quick revenue raisers.

The Government’s too hard basket is overflowing today, as the vast majority of the Henry Review’s recommendations are ignored in favour of a couple of quick revenue raisers.

news-stories

Community sector critical to Australia's future

03 May 2010

After spending two days recently in Geraldton one thing became very clear – a lot of people throughout the region are doing some stunning work in their community.

After spending two days recently in Geraldton one thing became very clear – a lot of people throughout the region are doing some stunning work in their community.

media-releases

Greens call for Henry Review response to protect charity sector, increase income support

30 Apr 2010

The Australian Greens are calling for the Government’s response to the Henry Review to ensure disadvantaged Australians are not left worse off.Australian Greens Community Services spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said increasing income support and protecting the not-for-profit sector’s access to the Fringe Benefits Tax should be key priorities. 

The Australian Greens are calling for the Government’s response to the Henry Review to ensure disadvantaged Australians are not left worse off.

Australian Greens Community Services spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said increasing income support and protecting the not-for-profit sector’s access to the Fringe Benefits Tax should be key priorities. 

news-stories

Community services priorities for the Henry Review of Tax and Transfers

30 Apr 2010

The Australian Greens believe that the Henry Review of Tax and Transfers provides the Government with an unparalleled opportunity to create a simpler and fairer tax and transfer system for all Australians. It should contain reforms that will sustain our way of live, deliver a fair go to all and ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society are looked after.

The Australian Greens believe that the Henry Review of Tax and Transfers provides the Government with an unparalleled opportunity to create a simpler and fairer tax and transfer system for all Australians. It should contain reforms that will sustain our way of live, deliver a fair go to all and ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society are looked after.


media-releases

Aged care sweetener doesn't solve the big problems - Greens

12 Apr 2010

The Australian Greens said today that Kevin Rudd's aged care announcement doesn't address the drivers of the aged care crisis and is designed to get his controversial hospital plan over the line rather than to address the key sustainability problems in aged care.

The Australian Greens said today that Kevin Rudd's aged care announcement doesn't address the drivers of the aged care crisis and is designed to get his controversial hospital plan over the line rather than to address the key sustainability problems in aged care.

media-releases

Aged Care must be part of Health Reform

07 Apr 2010

It would be irresponsible for state premiers to sign off on the Prime Minister's health plan without an agreement on how it will address the growing crisis in aged care services, according to the Australian Greens.
"There is a serious crisis in aged care and this represents a worrying gap in the PM's health plan," said Australian Greens spokesperson on health and ageing, Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"Our current aged care system is dysfunctional and without urgently needed reform it will be unable to meet the growing demand for aged care services and support.

It would be irresponsible for state premiers to sign off on the Prime Minister's health plan without an agreement on how it will address the growing crisis in aged care services, according to the Australian Greens.


"There is a serious crisis in aged care and this represents a worrying gap in the PM's health plan," said Australian Greens spokesperson on health and ageing, Senator Rachel Siewert today.


"Our current aged care system is dysfunctional and without urgently needed reform it will be unable to meet the growing demand for aged care services and support.

speeches-in-parliament

SOCIAL SECURITY AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (WEEKLY PAYMENTS) BILL 2010

17 Mar 2010

Second Reading
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)
(12.39 pm)—The Greens will be supporting the Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Weekly Payments) Bill 2010.

Second Reading


Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)


(12.39 pm)—The Greens will be supporting the Social Security and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Weekly Payments) Bill 2010.

media-releases

Community compact an empty gesture? – Greens

17 Mar 2010

The Australian Greens have warned the Rudd Government that the signing of a Compact with the Community Sector risks being seen as an empty gesture.
"Signing this important statement of principle as they make fundamental changes to Australia's social security system is not a good look for the Rudd Government," said Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.

The Australian Greens have warned the Rudd Government that the signing of a Compact with the Community Sector risks being seen as an empty gesture.


"Signing this important statement of principle as they make fundamental changes to Australia's social security system is not a good look for the Rudd Government," said Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.

speeches-in-parliament

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2009 Measures) Bill 2009

15 Mar 2010

FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (2009 MEASURES) BILL 2009 Second Reading
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (5.53 pm)—The Greens overall do not have problems with most of the amendments that are part of the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2009 Measures) Bill 2009. However, we have specific issues with an element of schedule 3, which introduces changes to the functioning of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the SSAT. I have some concerns about the amendments relating to pre-hearing conferences. I believe that they undermine the current functioning of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and will make it more complex and time consuming while at the same time delivering poorer outcomes for those appealing Centrelink decisions.

FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (2009 MEASURES) BILL 2009
Second Reading


Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (5.53 pm)—The Greens overall do not have problems with most of the amendments that are part of the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (2009 Measures) Bill 2009. However, we have specific issues with an element of schedule 3, which introduces changes to the functioning of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the SSAT. I have some concerns about the amendments relating to pre-hearing conferences. I believe that they undermine the current functioning of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and will make it more complex and time consuming while at the same time delivering poorer outcomes for those appealing Centrelink decisions.

motions

Former British Child Migrants

10 Mar 2010

FORMER BRITISH CHILD MIGRANTS Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)
(4.39 pm)—I, and on behalf of Senators Humphries and Moore, move: That the Senate—

FORMER BRITISH CHILD MIGRANTS Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia)


(4.39 pm)—I, and on behalf of Senators Humphries and Moore, move: That the Senate—

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