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Latest breach highlights problems with outsourcing by Government: Greens 

A data breach in the Department of Social Services demonstrates the risks of outsourcing work on sensitive material to private contractors, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says today. 

“The Federal Government is continually looking to outsource and privatise Department and Centrelink services and here is another example of the associated risks. 8,500 employees past and present have now been warned their personal data has been breached. 

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Accommodation for other NDIS participants in jail must be found immediately  

The news that a young man with disability had been kept in jail because of a failure to find him appropriate accommodation is absolutely heartbreaking and exposes the failure of our systems to address this issue, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“It’s another example of how far we have to go in getting the NDIS right and the urgency of addressing indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairments. It’s absolutely unacceptable to have situations like this occurring.

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Greens Welcome Introduction of Redress Legislation, needs careful scrutiny

I welcome the introduction of legislation for a national redress scheme, I know this is a day that survivors of insitutional child sexual abuse have been waiting a long time for with some thinking it would never happen.

“While welcoming the introduction of the scheme and wanting to see a scheme in place as soon as practicable, the legislation needs careful scrutiny as there are some early concerns with the legislation. 

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Centrelink busy signals now up to 55 million

The number of calls to Centrelink that hit a busy signal has risen yet again to 55 million from 42 million for financial year to April 30, up from 42 million when I asked last Estimates, Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“55 million busy signals. This is an astronomical number representing Australians trying to access supports, adjust their payments, seek information or update their earnings. That is a lot of frustrated people who may be exasperated and struggling.

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Greens welcome Government commitment to implement Committee inquiry recommendations on veteran suicide and mental health

I welcome the Government’s response to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee's inquiry into Suicide by Veterans, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The evidence we heard at the inquiry was harrowing and clearly showed that more needed to be done, we need to do much better for our veterans and ex-service personnel.

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We cannot sacrifice quality in a race to get people signed up to the NDIS

The Government needs to act immediately on the Productivity Commission findings including planning for a new timeline for the NDIS rollout, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Many people including the Greens have been raising the issues outlined in the Productivity Commission report for a long time now, and our concerns have been ignored for far too long.

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