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Greens welcome call for a ten year poverty plan

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 20 Aug 2010

The Australian Greens today welcomed a call by the major church providers for the next government of Australia to work with community services to develop a 10 year plan to tackle poverty.

“There is a pressing need for a long-term and comprehensive approach to reducing disadvantage in the Australian community,” said Greens social inclusion spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.

“The Greens welcome this initiative and are keen to work with welfare groups and whichever party forms government to make this vision a reality.

“As advocates with the best interests of disadvantaged Australian families at heart, we need to step out of the short-term political cycle, put adversarial politics aside, and work together to deliver a fairer and more inclusive Australia.

“Housing affordability and homelessness, early intervention services for mental illness, a fairer and simpler social safety net, access to basic dental care, and more support for the rights of Indigenous Australians to equal access to health, education and economic development opportunities – have always been priorities for The Greens,” said Senator Siewert.

“Disadvantage and social exclusion lie at the heart of many of our societal ills – including poorer education, job, chronic health and mental health prospects.

“The Greens believe a fairer society means a society that is more dynamic and prosperous. Lets all work together to make it happen,” concluded Senator Siewert.

The major church providers are: Uniting Care, Catholic Social Services, Anglicare and The Salvation Army



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