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Australian Greens welcome new psychosocial stream in NDIS

“There has been a lot of anxiety about how mental health is being covered under the NDIS and I welcome the new NDIS stream, Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health, Senator Rachel Siewert said. 

“However, there is still a huge gap in services and funding for people who don’t qualify for the NDIS.

“I have repeatedly raised concerns that people with psychosocial disability are going to lose out on services as people move onto the NDIS and current support programs finish up. These concerns also came up strongly in the Joint Select Committee inquiry into the issue.

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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health is Everyone’s Business

The Australian Greens are reminding people on World Mental Health day that everyone has mental health and that we need to pay as much attention to it as our physical health. 

"Mental health needs to be everyone’s business, we all need to focus on mental health from a personal and community level. Unfortunately there is still far too much stigma associated with mental illness as if mental health is about other people, Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Mental Health said. 

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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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