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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that Brandis will change the Native Title Act

“The news that Attorney General Brandis will hurriedly push through changes to the Native Title Act smacks of knee jerk reaction to a significant situation because they want to protect the Adani coal mine project”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“This could have profound implications for native title and native title holders that will need careful consideration and consultation.  People need the opportunity to look at the native title legislation very carefully.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert responds to news that the Government is tying social safety net cuts to the NDIS:

“Treasurer Morrison, stop robbing Peter to pay Paul. We should not be hacking billions from the social safety net to pay for the NDIS and you know it.

“The Treasurer is trying to pressure the Senate to support their cuts - this is a cheap trick".

“People with disability would no doubt be outraged that a young person had to wait five weeks in poverty to pay for the NDIS. 

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Details of NDIS secret deal must be revealed: Greens

The Greens have called for the details of a secret deal signed between the WA and Federal Governments on the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be released, saying it was rushed through before the looming State election and people with disability had not been consulted.

Greens spokesperson on disabilities Senator Rachel Siewert said she was deeply concerned that the deal was rushed through on the day WA goes into caretaker mode before the election.

“I’m really concerned it’s been rushed before we see the outcome of the process,” she said.

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Senate urges Government to address accessing the NDIS for blind and vision impaired people

The Senate has supported a motion initiated by Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert that calls on the Government to address barriers for people with vision impairment to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“Recently we saw reports that blind and vision impaired Australians have not been able to access the NDIS because materials and pamphlets are not in braille or large print.

“A National Disability Scheme that is not accessible to people with disability is disastrous and flies in the face of the whole purpose of the NDIS. 

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NDIS too important to undermine: Greens

Recent speculation about aspects of the NDIS are understandably making people nervous about the future of the scheme, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“With reports that the Federal Government is attempting to take control of the scheme, that the WA Government is walking away from a national approach and the business sector talking about the cost of the scheme, the Federal Government needs to be showing some leadership.  

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Senate calls on the Treasurer to abandon suggestions that income support cuts are needed to pay for the NDIS

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed senate support for her motion calling on the Government to deliver the NDIS but not at the expense of people on income support.

“Just recently Treasurer Scott Morrison suggested that cuts may have to be make in the welfare system to pay for the NDIS.

“The Government needs to stop marrying Federal funding to cuts to support of our most vulnerable.

“The Senate noted that those on income support have been disproportionately targeted over the last two cruel budgets.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on Scott Morrison foreshadowing more cuts to social safety net to fund NDIS

"We do not need to take from our most vulnerable to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“Australians doing it tough must be growing really tired of the Coalition Government using them as a source of savings for the Federal Budget. The Government is once again sinking so low as to pitch one group needing the community’s support against another.

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Agency should keep an eye on cost increase but should also move to fix gaps in the NDIS

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today the agency overseeing the rollout of the NDIS is right to keep a close eye on cost but should also focus on other aspects of the NDIS that could be improved moving forward.

“In highlighting potential for an unexpected increase in cost the NDIA are doing their job.

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Greens: Findings on the NDIS rollout by Citizens Jury must be considered moving forward

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the launch of the Citizen’s Jury Scorecard which assessed the rollouts of the NDIS trials across the country from the perspective of people with disability accessing the service.

“This sort of initiative that enables assessment of the NDIS rollouts by gathering evidence from participants is an excellent way to establish gaps before the completed rollout.

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