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Disappointment that Senate didn’t show solidarity with disabled people and carers who are struggling with costs due to COVID-19 

“It’s deeply disappointing that the Senate didn’t demonstrate solidarity with disabled people and carers by supporting the Greens motion calling on the Government to provide the full $550 coronavirus supplement to Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment recipients,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 
“Disabled people and carers feel abandoned by this Government and today we had the opportunity to show them they have not been abandoned by the Senate. 
 
“The Government cannot deny that there are increased costs that come with living through a pandemic. 
 
“The Minister has been given the power by the Parliament to provide the supplement to disabled people and carers. 
 
Greens spokesperson on disability Senator Jordon Steele-John said: 

“It is extremely disappointing to see the Government continue to ignore the needs of disabled people and their families in the response to COVID-19.

"To be quite honest, I'm shocked that people receiving the Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment have been largely left out of the stimulus packages put forward by this Government and that their extra support needs continue to be wilfully ignored.

“This campaign to raise the DSP and Carer Payment is only just beginning; we will continue to work alongside the community to make sure that disabled people and carers have the extra support they need to get through this crisis.”

 

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