It is often very difficult to find clear information about how the Government has, or intends to spend money. Particularly at election time, many grand and expensive promises are made, yet frequently the money is not ultimately spent, or the opposite, many commitments turn out to be much more expensive than claimed. The Greens are determined to hold the Government to account and are working to ensure that budget information is reported in a way that makes it simple for everybody to find detailed information about what has been promised and how much has been spent.
In addition the Greens will continue to scrutinise the Department of Finance and Deregulation's management of the Australian Government’s non-defence domestic property portfolio and key asset sales.
19 Apr 2012
12 May 2010
The Australian Greens are urging the Government to continue negotiations which would expand the $7.3 billion health reform package by including overhauls to aged care, dental and mental health services.
12 May 2010
The Government has continued its assault on natural resource management, landcare and environmental repair in its latest budget, according to the 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.
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.
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.
23 Jun 2009
Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert delivers a speech in the Senate on the Government's stimulus package and the social deficit that is growing in Australia.
13 May 2009
The Australian Greens raised concerns today about the Rudd Government's budget priorities, after single parents and the unemployed were overlooked in what was meant to be a budget for tough times.
"The nation expected a tough budget and the vast majority of Australians were prepared to dig a little deeper to make sure there was a fair go for those hit hard by the recession," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"What they didn't expect was to be asked to take on a massive deficit so we can fund further government largesse in tax cuts, a massive boost in defence spending and re-badged clean coal without delivering services and support to those most in need."
13 May 2009
We have heard a lot of discussion about the issues around the growing debt and deficit in this country. We do not hear a lot of discussion about the growing social deficit in this country, which is going to be expanded under this budget. We of course have concerns around the deficit, but we also believe that many Australians share with us the view that in tough times we need to invest very carefully in measures that soften the blow to those hardest hit during those tough times, during recession. We agree we need to be investing in building infrastructure that supports our future prosperity and we need to be doing this with well-targeted stimulus measures. However, we are deeply concerned that we are not investing that money in areas that meet the needs of those hardest hit in Australia.
12 May 2009
Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert today expressed deep concern that the Federal budget leaves many people behind and does not develop the new green economy.
"While the increase of $32.49 per week for single aged pensioners is a welcome step, the Government has not addressed the crisis Australia is facing in aged care. In fact, for Western Australia I am deeply concerned that beds may need to close and many older people will face deeper hardship, particularly in regional and rural areas," said Senator Siewert.