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Greens to move to overturn Byron citizenship ban

The Greens will move in the Senate to disallow the draconian ban on Byron Council conducting citizenship ceremonies.

“Councils have the right to conduct citizenship ceremonies at times which respect all people, including First Nations peoples, without being bullied by the Liberals,” Greens Immigration and Citizenship spokesperson Nick McKim said.

“The people of Byron, just like the people of Darebin and Yarra, should have the right to welcome people to their communities.”

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Our community needs an urgent raise to Newstart, not tax cuts for the wealthy

Using the "improved budget position" to give tax cuts to the wealthy is yet another vote buying exercise and election pitch for an increasingly  desperate Government.

"Once again the Coalition's agenda is crystal clear, shoring up support for the next election rather than doing their job to ensure that no one in our wealthy country is living in poverty, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“The Government should be investing in our social security system and increasing Newstart and Youth Allowance.

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Greens MPS will hold citizenship ceremonies for councils stripped of their power 

Australian Greens MPs have offered to officiate citizenship ceremonies for councils that have been stripped of their power and still want to hold ceremonies. All Australian federal MPs have the power to conduct citizenship ceremonies within their own electorate.

“I commend the Byron Bay Council for taking this important step towards truth, justice and healing, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“Having a “separate day for Indigenous people” is something out of an apartheid regime.

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Calls for new national day of recognition shows depth of ignorance in our Government: Greens

Scott Morrisons dismissal of First Nations’ calls to celebrate our country on a date other than January 26 demonstrates the disconnect with, and contempt held by our Government for First Nations communities, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

“The fact that our Prime Minister Scott Morrison has labelled First Nations calls for a date of celebration other than January 26 as “indulgent self-loathing” is simply disgusting, and demonstrates this Government’s ignorance of what this date really means to First Nations peoples,” Senator Siewert said.

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Robo-debt debacle could now stop people travelling overseas: Greens

Banning people from travelling overseas if they have a social security debt is a further example of the Government exercising control over peoples lives and any attempt to use the flawed robo-debt process for this would be deeply unfair, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family & Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“A lot of the debts the Government claims are owed will be from the deeply flawed robo-debt debacle.

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Minister refuses to answer whether he could live on Newstart: $38 a day

Minster Fifield, in Question Time today has refused to answer whether or not he could live on the $38 a day Newstart payment.

“As per usual, the Government trots out their lines “Newstart is a payment designed for people transitioning into work.”

“This is an utter fallacy, the jobs are simply not there. In May 2018, there were eight unemployed or under-employed people for every job vacancy.

“46% of Newstart recipients are on the payment for over two years.

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Dutton stoops even lower by attempting to deport Murri man, Mr Daniel Love

Peter Dutton’s attempts to deport Murri man Daniel Love to PNG is yet another disgraceful move by this Government.

Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said:

“First Nations peoples are the traditional owners of this land, how deeply insulting, how disrespectful that Mr Dutton thinks that he should deport Mr Love.

“Mr Love has lived in Australia since he was 5 years old, he is a First Nations person. If anyone has the right to be here, it’s him.

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$2 increase to Newstart is beyond a joke

“I’m astounded that the Government thought that Newstart rising through indexation by $2.20 – or about 30c a day – to $275.10 a week will make a difference to people trying to survive on Newstart, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“It’s not news that the Government is out of touch with the community and their cost of living struggles. But saying that a $2 increase to Newstart is going to “help people keep up with cost of living” is a new low, you would think it was a joke if this issue wasn’t so serious.  

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