Employment & Workplace Relations
14 Dec 2011
As it introduces new intervention measures in the Northern Territory, the Government is keen to talk about the effectiveness of existing policies in tackling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
06 Nov 2011
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.
Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas.
09 Aug 2011
The Australian Greens have vowed to continue fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty International report condemned the Federal Government’s abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of ‘growth towns’.
The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy intent and implementation.
“I welcome the spotlight being returned to examine the state of Aboriginal housing, health, education and disadvantage in this country,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“While these reports highlight major deficiencies in the current delivery of services, the Australian Greens have already been making significant inroads on some of these issues.
Senator Siewert has recently introduced pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Native Title and re-instating the Racial Discrimination Act in the NT.
“Now that the evidence is beginning to stack up against the past policies of both the Labor Government and the previous Liberal Government, it is impossible for the two old parties to ignore the need for communities to gain control over their own lives.
“The Northern Territory Intervention and compulsory income management was a terrible violation of those principles of self-determination, consultation and partnership, and it is time to unwind these policies and start returning control to communities,” Senator Siewert concluded.
23 Jun 2011
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17): My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations. I refer to the fact that Fair Work Australia has recently accepted that community sector workers are underpaid on the basis of gender. The tribunal called for submissions from the parties before making a final decision and has encouraged parties to negotiate. I would like to ask: what is the government doing now to engage in a genuine, meaningful way with this process?
06 May 2011
The decision by Fair Work Australia to allow United Voice to bargain on behalf of low-paid aged care workers is an important step in tackling the wages gap, but unless Government commits to fully funding the increase, better wages may come at the cost of job losses and reduced services, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
05 May 2011
The Australian Greens continue to pressure the Government to act on failings in its flagship Indigenous housing program SIHIP, which was meant to be a key plank of the NT Intervention.
02 May 2011
While the Prime Minister continues to imply that there are hundreds of thousands of Australians on unemployment benefits who are unwilling to work, the Australian Greens say this is not the case, with the focus on tough talk and misleading figures coming at the expense of effective action.