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Trying to scare people into supporting the cashless card a worrying ramp up of Andrew Forrest’s campaign: Greens

Andrew Forrest is trying to use similar shock tactics to those of the previous Howard Government to scare people into supporting the cashless welfare card, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“We are seeing a worrying ramp up of Andrew Forrest’s cashless welfare card campaign that uses children, violence and fear just like the Howard Government did in 2007 over the NT Intervention.

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Australian Greens introduce bill to urgently tackle inequality with an increase to income support payments

The Australian Greens have introduced a bill in the Senate that would increase woefully low Newstart and Youth Allowance payments by $110 a fortnight.

“It is well known that income support payments have failed to increase overtime to reflect modern day cost-of-living. Now anyone accessing Newstart is receiving a grossly low payment that keeps them struggling below the poverty line.

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Centrelink continues to intimidate vulnerable Australians with threatening texts

The Government continues its agenda of intimidation of Centrelink recipients with threatening text messages to people following the letters recently sent from Centrelink with the Australian Federal Police’s logo. 

“The Government is deliberately targeting vulnerable people and trying to intimidate them, even though they have done nothing wrong.” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“To follow up the threatening AFP letters that were sent out last week, Centrelink is now sending out text messages which are frightening and intimidating people. 

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Government must stump up for urgently needed dialysis funding: Greens

The on-going impasse on dialysis funding between State, Territory and Federal Government needs to be resolved, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“Funding is inadequate in many areas particularly in regional and remote areas and this impasse over who is responsible for funding what is holding up timely expansion of much need dialysis support. 

“Aboriginal Australians have been saying for years that they desperately need increased dialysis funding and it has been an uphill battle even to secure pockets of funding that have been delivered. 

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Greens welcome union for remote and regional Australians forced onto CDP

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the ACTU establishing the First Nations Workers Alliance, a new union to protect people struggling to find work who are forced into the Community Development Programme (CDP) in regional and remote Australia.

“The CDP imposes unreasonable mutual obligations that are not imposed on job seekers in the metropolitan area. I have long said it is discriminatory to Aboriginal people out bush and has done more harm than good.

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UN joins growing calls for a Royal Commission into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee calling for a Royal Commission into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability.

Senator Rachel Siewert initiated and chaired the senate inquiry that recommended a Royal Commission, and said:

“The United Nations has joined the growing chorus for a Royal Commission into this issue that continues to happen around this country. 

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Retail jobs deal for young people opens up questions about churn and exploitation: Greens

 The Australian Greens have reservations about job internships being negotiated between the Government and the Australian Retailers Association for young people struggling to find meaningful employment. 

“Although I’m sure the Australian Retailers Association was well-intentioned in brokering this deal with the Government, I do have questions about why these young people can’t just be offered work under the usual conditions rather than internships where they can be potentially exploited”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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