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Many in the Hinkler community do not want the cashless welfare card, Mr Pitt should listen to their concerns

News that the cashless welfare card will be rolled out across the Hinkler electorate next year will be incredibly distressing for members of that community that desperately do not want the card, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“The Government has consistently insisted the card won’t get ahead in a region where there is not community support. I have met many, many people in the Hinkler region that do not want the card, why have they been ignored? 

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Australian Greens welcome ex gratia payment and formal apology to the family of Ms Dhu

The Australian Greens welcome the WA State Government’s ex gratia payment and formal apology to the family of Ms Dhu.

“Although this will not bring back Ms Dhu and the family will continue to experience deep grief from her avoidable death, I hope these steps made by the McGowan Government offers some solace.

“Moves to implement a comprehensive Custody Notification Service in Western Australia are a welcome step and I agree that Aboriginal deaths in custody will dramatically reduce or stop altogether once implemented. This has been evidenced interstate.

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Australian Greens welcome City of Moreland’s change the date push

I welcome the City of Moreland joining the push to change the date of Australia Day to ensure everyone is welcome, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It is clear that the current date for Australia Day is seen as a day of invasion for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is considered a day of grieving for many.

“We are kind and inclusive nation and simply moving the day to a date where everyone can celebrate this wonderful country makes sense. 

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National MPs should go and talk to Newstart recipients in their communities rather than demand they be dumped on the cashless welfare card

The group of Federal National MPs campaigning to apply the cashless welfare card to Newstart recipients shows a true disconnect from those in their communities struggling to get by, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“These National MPs are sat in their offices vilifying members of the community struggling to find work, they should get out there and talk to the people they are demonising and want to restrict how they manage their money.

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Rachel Siewert receives Missen Award for integrity in politics

I would like to congratulate my dear friend and colleague Senator Rachel Siewert for winning the prestigious Missen Award for integrity in politics.

Rachel has been an outstanding advocate and member of parliament, who has dedicated her time as a Senator to assisting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community.

It is pretty well known in Parliament House across party lines that Rachel is one of the hardest working Senators in this place.

As a senate committee chair she has a reputation for getting consensus on committee reports that lead to real outcomes.

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Xenophon, don’t wheel and deal on welfare reform: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the Nick Xenophon Team to resist negotiations and oppose the welfare reform bill as a whole in the Senate. 

“I’m glad Rebekha Sharkie has called a spade a spade when it comes to this bill, saying the drug testing was ‘devoid of logic’ and other measures in the bill would leave vulnerable kids without food on the table”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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PaTH program is resulting in suspended payments and exploitation

The coalition suspending payments of 1300 young people seeking income support because they did not take part in the first compulsory stage of the Governments PaTH program shows that a cruel and paternalistic approach to the social safety net persists. 

“PaTH was pitched as this amazing voluntary measure that would help young people get jobs and instead 1300 young people have had their payments suspended, which could result in homelessness and hunger”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Government flatly refusing to suspend the drug-testing trial in Logan shows supreme arrogance: Greens

News that the Mayor for Logan travelled to Canberra on Monday to request that the Federal Government suspend drug testing trials in the region, and that request has been refused, shows supreme arrogance by both the Minister for Human Services and the Minister for Social Services.

“There has been such limited community consultation that not even the Mayor for Logan knew that the Government would be trialling drug testing of income support recipients in his region until he saw it in the media”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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