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Communities given false hope on Cashless Debit Card exit by Government and ALP

The Australian Greens have expressed concern for the people of Ceduna, East Kimberley, the Goldfields and Hinkler regions who were given false hope that it would become easier to get an exemption from the Cashless Debit Card from today.

“Unfortunately, the concerns I raised regarding the exemption process back in April have come to pass and there are a lot of people who are very frustrated right now,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Statement on the Australian Greens MPs Party Room Meeting

Statement from Australian Greens Whip Sen. Rachel Siewert:

Today the Australian Greens Party Room met and re-affirmed the positions of our leadership team.

Following a customary spill of the leadership positions, the roles of Leader, Co-Deputy Leader and Whip have all been returned without challenge. The rotating position of Party Room Chair has moved from Adam Bandt MP to Sen. Janet Rice.

The leadership roles for the 46th Parliament are as follows:

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Greens call on new Minister to suspend and review robodebt

The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to immediately suspend the controversial robodebt program while a review is undertaken.

“We will go back to Parliament in a couple of weeks to rush through tax cuts for high income earners while those living below the poverty line are being harassed by their own Government to pay back debts they don’t even owe,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.

 “It was the recommendation of a senate inquiry that I chaired over two years ago to suspend robodebt until the issues could be ironed out, particularly the use of “income averaging”.

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Genuine representation and self-determination is key to a reconciled nation

This Reconciliation Week the Australian Greens are calling on the Government to begin their term with a commitment to First Nations peoples to address Australia’s unfinished business, close the gap and achieve justice for First Nations peoples.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said a commitment to self-determination must be at the heart of closing the gap, and that this approach has been sadly lacking.

“I congratulate Minister Wyatt on being appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians.

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Major parties are failing Australians on Newstart and denying them dignity

The Australian Greens are calling on the major parties to lift their game when it comes to increasing Newstart and addressing poverty in Australia.

"It is despicable that both major parties are prepared to leave people living in poverty, while they either tell us about a “review” or make up nonsense about so –called supplementary payments, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community services said today.

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