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Report shows the harm of income management, Government must listen and dump income management

A new report by the University of Sydney that shows a link between income management and lower birthweights and school attendance must be carefully considered by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

“The longstanding excuse for implementing income management by successive Governments is that children need to be protected, well now we have evidence that there is a strong correlation between reduced birthweights, school attendance and income management.  

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Gary Johns as Commissioner of the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse: Greens

The Government’s announcement of Gary Johns’ appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) is deeply concerning and raises a massive red flag for the charities and not-for-profit sector and the broader community.

"This appointment demonstrates the Government's clear intent of its approach to the charities and not-for-profit sector.

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Greens oppose cashless welfare card expansion entirely, Labor should do the same 

The Australian Greens oppose the Government’s bill to expand the cashless welfare card trials in its entirety, and have dissented from the Community Affairs committee report into the Bill. 

“The ORIMA report into the effectiveness of the card in current trial sites is flawed, it doesn't show proof of concept as the Government alleges and has been harshly criticised by independent academics”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Labor should oppose cashless welfare card trial expansion entirely: Greens

The Australian Greens welcome Labor opposing the rollout of the cashless welfare card in Bundaberg and the Goldfields, but are disappointed they support existing trial sites being extended in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“I am happy the Labor party listened to evidence given to the senate inquiry, the independent academic assessment of the ORIMA report and the local communities, and decided to oppose expanded cashless welfare card trials in Bundaberg and the Goldfields”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Senate throws support behind not-for-profit sector in light of Government’s attempts to limit advocacy 

The Senate has expressed support for charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, who are currently being targeted by the Federal Government who want to limit their advocacy. 
“Charities and not-for-profits, whether they work on environmental issues, social services or human rights are under pressure by the Turnbull Government who want to limit their advocacy,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Senate agrees Government should reconsider royal commission into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disabilities 

The Senate has supported a motion calling on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings. 

“The abuse of people with disability in settings where they should feel safe and at home is prevalent and systemic, and the Government has no interest in truly addressing it”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Disabilities SenatorJordon Steele-John said today. 

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Senate supports $20 million from postal survey redirected to mental health services

The Australian Greens have secured senate support for a motion calling for the $20 million not spent in the marriage equality postal survey to be directed to mental health services.  

“The marriage equality survey came in $20 million under budget, meanwhile mental health services were put under immense pressure due to the scrutiny inflicted on the LGBTIQ community, having a significant impact on their mental health”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Mental Health Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

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Senate acknowledges significance of Mungo Man’s return to country

The Senate has supported an Australian Greens motion that recognises the significance of the 42,000 year old remains of Mungo Man being returned to country.

“Mungo Man was excavated and taken off country over 40 years ago by a young geologist. This month he was finally returned to his original resting place, and the significance of that has now been acknowledged in the Senate.

“The senate not only acknowledges this significance, but pays respects to Aboriginal communities that have fought so hard over the years to bring Mungo Man back to country.

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