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Greens to oppose Hanson’s toxic family law inquiry and call on senate to reject referral

The Greens have condemned the Government and Senator Hanson’s attempts to stitch up an inquiry into the Family Law system saying they have multiple concerns about the inquiry.
 
“There is no doubt that the family law system has serious problems which need addressing, however this committee is not fit for the task” said Senator Mckim, Australian Greens spokesperson on Attorney General
 
“This is clearly a political stitch up between the Government and One Nation and the Greens have no confidence in the committee as currently constituted to do the job.
 

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Senate calls for Government to produce jobactive data

The senate has supported a Greens motion calling for the Government to provide data on jobactive compliance to the senate by tomorrow.
 
“Last Friday the Government provided piecemeal jobactive compliance data to selected media outlets, in their continuing campaign to demonise people on income support, however this data was not made publicly available via the Department’s website or on request” said Senator Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.

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Government demonises people on income support to detract from Newstart increase AGAIN 

The Greens have today called for the Government to stop demonising income support recipients to detract from the overwhelming community support for an increase to Newstart
 
“The senate inquiry into Jobactive found that the program is not fit for purpose, yet this Government is using data from the flawed Targeted Compliance Framework from that system to support their ideological narrative”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 

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Senate calls for Newstart to increase immediately for the third time!

The Senate has again supported a Greens motion calling on the Government to urgently increase Newstart.
 
“Yesterday my urgency motion that the low rate of Newstart is making people sick was supported by the Senate and my motion today calling for an increase was also supported.
 
“This follows my motion in July calling for an immediate raise to Newstart which was the first time the senate had voted to support an increase in Newstart.
 
“This Government needs to listen to the community and the Senate.
 

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Government needs to hold Bupa to account

The Greens said today that Bupa’s failures in its aged care facilities is a warning about what can happen when large multinational businesses take on provision of a large proportion of social services.
 
“We now have a large percentage of our aged care services in this country at risk.
 
“This is a failure of the system of oversight and the Government have failed to properly regulate providers and is yet another multinational company getting away with behaving badly in Australia.
 

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Attempts to broaden failed, discriminatory Intervention through Cashless Debit Card Expansion in the NT must be rejected

The Greens are calling on the Parliament to reject the Government’s attempt to introduce the Cashless Debit Card to the Northern Territory with legislation introduced into the House today.
 
“The Intervention and income management was a failure that caused harm to communities in the NT, and did not meet its objectives”, Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
 

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Greens “puzzled” as to why Mr Morrison keeps flogging a dead horse

The Greens are totally “puzzled” that Mr Morrison is pursing drug testing measures despite overwhelming evidence to two senate inquiries by drug and alcohol experts that the measure would not meet any desired objectives and could have adverse impacts.
 
“The drug testing legislation was sent to committee twice during the last Parliament and the evidence from experts was clear, this approach does not work, that drug addiction is a health issue and should be treated as such”, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 

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Cashless Debit Card expansion ideological, punitive and discriminatory  

The Greens have called Mr Morrison’s plans to expand the Cashless Debit Card ideologically motivated and discriminatory.
 
“There is no evidence to support the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card so the Government relies on spin and fudged figures to tell us about how great the card is”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 

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Drug Testing of Income Support recipients must be rejected

The Greens have strongly condemned the Government’s attempt to reintroduce their Bill to drug test income support recipients after it was thoroughly rejected by the last Parliament.

"This is an ideological approach, this is clear as the evidence is so overwhelming that this approach doesn’t work", Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.

"The evidence further indicates that this "tough love" approach actually entrenches disadvantage and poverty rather than addressing underlying barriers.

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Government misleading on Cashless Debit Card statistics again

The Government has again relied on cherry-picked data to make misleading claims about the success of the Cashless Debit Card in the Hinkler region.
 
“The Government claims that unemployment has dropped in the QLD trial site but they have used the data for the much larger region of Wide Bay as the basis for this claim,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 
“It’s like saying that unemployment has dropped in Canberra using the figures for the whole of NSW, it’s ridiculous!
 

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