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Old parties vote down $75 increase to Newstart in the Senate

The Turnbull Government and the Labor party have together voted down a Senate motion calling for an increase of the single rate of Newstart and other allowances by $75 a week.

“The rate of the crucial income support payment Newstart is so abysmally low that those trying to find work are living below the poverty line”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Action needed to ensure kids with cognitive impairment don’t end up in the justice system: Greens

A report by the Telethon Kids Institute showing 89% of predominantly Aboriginal children in detention in WA have severe cognitive impairment must be addressed by State and Commonwealth Governments, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Too often kids are entering the juvenile system as a result of their undiagnosed cognitive impairment, and once these kids have contact with the system, their life prospects worsen. This will be a problem in other states as well, not just in my home state of WA. 

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We still have a long way to go with Closing the Gap, ‘refresh’ must ensure proper consultation: Greens

Closing the Gap progress could only really go up from last year’s annual report, but we still have a really long way to go, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“While I welcome the improvement in three out of seven targets to close the gap, that still leaves four important targets not on track. We have a long way to go”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Commonwealth must take more responsibility if we are going to address youth detention

The Commonwealth must take more responsibility for justice issues in Australia if we are going to genuinely fix our youth justice system and incarceration rates of our First Peoples, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The Commonwealth is very quick to push justice issues and funding back to the States and Territories but the fact is the Commonwealth needs to take some responsibility if we are going to fix youth detention and Aboriginal incarceration rates.

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Disappointing that Senate voted down disallowance to stop cashless welfare card trials: Greens

It is disappointing that the Senate has voted down the Greens disallowance motion to immediately stop the cashless welfare card trials in the East Kimberley and Ceduna.

 “The evaluation has been done and the result do not justify further rollout with many worrying negative trends, we need to put this awful social experiment to bed”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Damning report on Close the Gap progress should drive rethink on refresh process: Greens

The ten year review for the Closing the Gap strategy should prompt an urgent reset by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“I am saddened but not surprised to read today that the Government ‘effectively abandoned’ Closing the Gap policy after five years. We all remember when they ripped half a billion dollars out of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander portfolio in 2014 and it was clear that matters were going to get worse rather than better. 

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Australian Greens welcome ALP & NXT opposition to cashless welfare card expansions

"I welcome the ALP and NXT in opposing the cashless welfare card legislation in the House of Representatives and look forward to the vote being mirrored in the Senate, which would stop the cashless welfare card from being expanded”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“It is fantastic they have joined the Australian Greens and voted against this awful legislation that would expand the cashless welfare card. 

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Australian Greens condemn alleged ‘victory day’ party that used Nazi flags

The Australian Greens condemn an alleged white supremacist themed Australia Day party in Kalgoorlie WA that purportedly used Nazi flags whilst referring to January 26 as ‘victory day’.

“This is clear cut racism and I trust that local police will fully investigate and take seriously the pictures circulating on social media”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Shift in support for changing the date cannot be ignored: Greens

Polling in Fairfax media today that reveals more Australians have gotten onboard with changing the date of Australia Day in the last year shows that the mood is changing and Government must listen, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“In the last year alone support for changing the date amongst voters has shifted from one in six to one in five, that shows significant movement out in the community. 

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