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Juukan Gorge inquiry hears that gag clauses in Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) are “dismantling human rights”

 

The Greens say they are very concerned about gag clauses in participation and land use agreements and the impact they have on the ability of Traditional Owners to raise objections to development proposals. 

“Today we heard from witnesses to the Juukan Gorge inquiry that confidential participation agreements with “gag clauses” negotiated before or during the signing of Land Use Agreements with Traditional Owners are “potentially illegal” and impinge on basic human rights” said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on First Nation issues.

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Community has lost confidence in the Government and Minister on aged care

The Greens say that the community has lost confidence in the Government's ability to manage aged care calling their handling of the crisis and failure to take responsibility a debacle.

“Aged care is a debacle in this country,” Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“We have no national coordinating body to address the COVID crisis in aged care.  

“We have a regulator that is not regulating effectively.

“We have a Government failing on workforce.

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Prime Minister and Cabinet must show leadership and urgently ensure that aged care around Australia is prepared

Questions to Prime Minster and Cabinet today at the COVID hearing have shown that despite the aged care crisis the Government is not doing enough to ensure that all aged care providers around Australia are completely prepared. 
 
"It’s pretty obvious that prevention is better than cure and after speaking to the Department today I have very little confidence that they are taking an appropriate leadership role. 
 
"We cannot just wait around, rely on self assessment by providers on their readiness for an outbreak, there needs to be action around the country. 
 

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13 percent effective unemployment rate means Government must commit to a long term Jobseeker rate above poverty line and break its addiction to making life hard for people on income support

The Greens say that the Government's failure to deliver certainty to people on income support is cruel and unfair and undermines confidence in the economy.
 
"The Government should abandon its plans to cut the Jobseeker supplement by $300 at the end of September and increase Jobseeker permanently", Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 
Keeping Jobseeker above the poverty line will save people's lives and their livelihoods.
 

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Greens call for Government to suspend mutual obligations across Australia

The Greens welcome the Government’s suspension of mutual obligations while Victoria is in a state of disaster but say that the suspension of compliance measures needs to be extended to the rest of the country. 
 
"The Government's approach to mutual obligations throughout this pandemic has been haphazard, without proper information given to people on income support", Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said. 
 

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Government should drop plans to reintroduce the liquid assets test 

The Greens are calling on the Government to drop their plans to reintroduce the liquid assets tests saying it is unfair, will cause significant hardship and discriminates against the newly unemployed.

The reintroduction of the liquid assets test in September will see many people who have just lost their jobs having to wear down their savings before they can access a weekly income. 

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Greens call for Government to fund pandemic leave for all aged care workers across the country 

The Greens say that Australians are losing confidence in the aged care sector and that the Federal Government should stop at nothing to protect the most vulnerable Australians in aged care. This includes ensuring pandemic funding for all aged care workers if they need it.
 
“We keep hearing this narrative blaming workers for coming to work sick but the Federal Government is not taking enough action to ensure that workers are able to afford to stay home if they are sick,” Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said. 
 

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