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Major parties are failing Australians on Newstart and denying them dignity

The Australian Greens are calling on the major parties to lift their game when it comes to increasing Newstart and addressing poverty in Australia.

"It is despicable that both major parties are prepared to leave people living in poverty, while they either tell us about a “review” or make up nonsense about so –called supplementary payments, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community services said today.

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Greens have serious concerns for mental health services as South West transitions to the NDIS

The Greens are calling on the Federal Government to guarantee that people in the South West continue to have access to quality mental health services during the transition to the NDIS.

“After visiting providers and stakeholders in the South West I have serious concerns about funding for and access to mental health services with the roll out of the NDIS for people who are currently on Commonwealth funded services,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens call on major parties to deliver a plan for aged care

The Greens are calling on the major parties to present a comprehensive plan for the aged care sector before the 18th of May.

“With the Royal Commission hearings during an election campaign the major parties should be called to account on what they have to offer older Australians and their families this election, but all we have seen is piecemeal offering from both sides,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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This election is a chance to send a message the regions shouldn’t be taken for granted: Greens

The Greens (WA) have today pitched to voters in Kalgoorlie that this election is a chance to use their vote to send a message to the major parties that their vote can’t be taken for granted.

“People living in regional areas such as Kalgoorlie need a representative in Parliament that puts community first, not their big donors,” Greens Senator for WA  Rachel Siewert said.

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Anglicare Australia releases Rental Affordability Snapshot shows politicking on raising Newstart is leaving people homeless

The Australian Greens said today Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot once again demonstrates the urgent need for an increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance.

“I’m not at all surprised that Anglicare found that no properties in any capital city or regional centre were affordable for a single person on Youth Allowance or Newstart, I’ve been talking about this, as has the sector for over a decade,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Families and Community Services said.

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Greens Senator Rachel Siewert to join Forrest candidate in South West to talk about a Future for All of Us

South West residents in Margaret River and Balingup will this week have the opportunity to join Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and Greens candidate for Forrest Nerilee Boshammer to talk about what issues are important for them in the community.

“We have spoken to thousands of people in WA over many months and the overwhelming response is that they want action to tackle climate change and a plan to transition to clean, renewable energy and all of the jobs and training opportunities that this transition would bring,” Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens launch plan for universal mental health system

The Australian Greens have unveiled a plan to help ensure access to mental health services becomes universal and accessible to all Australians.

“Mental illness is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century and access to treatments should be universal. People in our community should be able to get easy access to treatments in the same way they would for a broken leg or the flu,” Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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