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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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The Greens call on the PM to immediately reject proposal to make savings out of vulnerable people

The Australian Greens have called on the Prime Minister to immediately reject any proposal to expand robo-debt to vulnerable Australians.
 
“The Government is proposing to make savings out of the most vulnerable members of our community, after throwing millions and millions in tax cuts to the wealthy” said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.
 

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Greens say Newstart increase must be for all

The Australian Greens have today rejected calls to increase Newstart for only those over 55 saying that it is the Government's responsibility to look after all Australians.
 
“People in this country should not be living in poverty, and if you are living on Newstart that is what you are doing”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 
“All people on Newstart are suffering and all need to be helped.
 

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Greens label Prime Minster Morrison heartless

The Australian Greens have today labelled the Morrison Government heartless saying they are using nonsense arguments to try and justify their refusal to increase Newstart.

“While we welcome a decrease in the number of unemployed Australians this does not mean that we shouldn’t be raising the rate of Newstart for the people still stuck on the payment” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services said.

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