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It’s time to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance

The Australian Greens have today introduced legislation to increase the woefully low Newstart and Youth Allowance payments by $75 a week.

"Newstart and Youth Allowance payments have not increased since 1994, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“For over two decades, Liberal and Labor governments have simply refused to increase these vital income support payments.

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Even the UN knows that those on Newstart are living in poverty

The Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report tracking Australia’s progress to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals has reported that a person on Newstart, who would have been near the poverty line in 2000, is now 25% below the poverty line.

“Newstart hasn’t increased since 1994, it is unacceptable that people looking for work are condemned to poverty because the Government refuses to take action, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens welcome small amount of common sense from Morrison Government

The Australian Greens welcome the Morrison Government’s scrapping of plans to raise the retirement age to 70.

“This measure was another example of how out of touch the Coalition Government is with our community. The measure wasn’t going to make it through the Senate anyway, Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“Let’s hope they can back up this decision with real action for older Australians experiencing difficulty, poverty and disadvantage.

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Catholic Church in denial as it refuses to put children before doctrine

The Catholic Church has rejected not just the recommendations from the Royal Commission, but also the advice of its own Truth Justice and Healing Council, by refusing to support lifting the veil of secrecy that prevents priests from telling police about child sexual abuse they hear in the confessional.

With the Church refusing to act, it is essential that all Australian governments immediately legislate to break the culture of secrecy in the Church and once and for all put children before religion.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said:

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Greens MPs join with Walkatjurra Walkabout participants to reject uranium mine

The Greens (WA) have doubled down on calls for the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine to be scrapped, citing environmental concerns for endangered species and a lack of approval from local Aboriginal people.

Traditional owners, Nuclear Free campaigners and activists participating in the anti-nuclear Walkatjurra Walkabout event will complete their month long trek from Wiluna to Leonora on Saturday, to protest the proposed mine.

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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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