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407 deaths of First Nations People in Custody is our National Shame

The Guardian Australia’s Deaths inside database released today is an incredibly important initiative that shines a light on this devastating issue.  

“I am really concerned that this issue is not being addressed with the urgency required, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It has been almost 30 years since the Royal Commission into deaths in custody and things are not improving. First Nations peoples have been desperate for action for years and years now and they have been systemically ignored, passed over and let down.

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Australian Greens welcome Strengthening for Purpose: Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission Report

“The Australian Greens welcome the legislative review report into the Australian not-For Profits Commission Act 2012 (ACNC).

“The review panel found that there is wide support for the (ACNC) in the community and the sector, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson said today.

“I hope the Government pays close attention to this, they did not support the original legislation and tried once they came into power to get rid of the ACNC”.

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Senate supports motion for national reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families

I am pleased that the Senate has today supported the Greens motion calling for a national reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families.

“We know that members of the Stolen Generations face long-term disadvantage including poorer health and social outcomes, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Government should abandon the Cashless Welfare Card and Labor should stop trying to have a buck both ways

I am deeply disappointed that the Senate has today voted down the Greens disallowance motion that would have stopped the Cashless Welfare Card in the Goldfields, Ceduna and East Kimberley in its tracks. I’m also disappointed that the Senate voted down the ALP disallowance that would have stopped the Goldfields trial.

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Senate can today stop the Cashless Welfare Card in its tracks

The Senate will today vote on the Greens disallowance motion that would stop the cashless welfare card in the Goldfields, Ceduna and East Kimberley in its tracks.

“Labor and the crossbench today have the opportunity to actually listen to communities and the evidence and stop this ineffective, controlling and punitive approach to social issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The evidence from academics, experts and the Auditor General is clear, the evidence isn’t there to justify continuing with the card.

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Greens will keep campaigning for an increase to Newstart 

The Senate has today voted down a Greens motion to increase Newstart by $75 a week.

“This payment has not had a real increase since 1994, so it is very disappointing that my motion was voted down, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The median house price in my home town of Perth in 1994 was $123, 125 and look at house prices now!

"At just $38 a day, jobseekers are struggling on a Newstart payment that forces them to live in poverty. 

“For over two decades both the major parties have lacked political will and refused to increase Newstart. 

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Senate supports Greens Jobactive Inquiry: Proper scrutiny is long overdue

The Senate has today supported the Australian Greens referral for a Senate Inquiry into the jobactive employment program.

“The jobactive program is delivered by a network of providers in over 1700 locations across Australia and we need to ensure that they are doing the best for jobseekers, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“There has been numerous reports from people looking for work that the program is not delivering and significant problems with the adequacy of support to find work. Proper scrutiny of jobactive is long overdue.

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Centrelink Robodebt: Turnbull Government Targeting Most Vulnerable

The Turnbull Government has sunk to new depths in its on-going campaign to harass and punish people on income support, now targeting vulnerable people on income support as part of the robodebt program, the Australian Greens said today.

"Mr Turnbull’s Government has no shame when it comes to the appalling robodebt program. Robodebt has caused a huge amount of grief for so many people and now the Government is targeting some of the most vulnerable members of our community, said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.

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Australian Greens reject extension of cashless welfare card trials, an ideological approach to social issues

The Australian Greens have dissented from the Community Affairs Legislation Committee majority report into the Government’s bill that seeks to extend the Cashless Welfare Card trials to Hinkler in Queensland until 30 June 2020, targeting people under 36 years old, raising the participant cap by 5000, and restricting access to cash-like products such as gift cards and money/postal orders.

“This is the third Senate inquiry into the Cashless Welfare Card and it’s still ineffective, controlling and punitive, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Mr Turnbull’s vicious cycle of passing the buck has to stop

It’s deeply disappointing that the Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull thinks that his Government shouldn’t be contributing to the cost of fixing the Northern Territory's youth justice and protection systems as well as implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

“It’s the same vicious cycle, a Royal Commission or Committee is called, truth is told, credible, tangible solutions are offered and the Commonwealth cops out, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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