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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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Greens call on future Government to retain the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program  

The Australian Greens have today expressed strong support for the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program and said that it essential that any future Government retains it as a separate program and increase funding.

“ILAP is absolutely best placed to deliver justice for First Nations peoples and it was ridiculous that the Government ignored the recommendations of its own independent review to keep First Nations Legal Services as a standalone program,” Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens launch transformative youth mental health policy

The Australian Greens have unveiled a comprehensive suite of policies that will support young Australians to access high quality mental health services wherever they live.

“Around one in four young people have a mental health condition. Of those who develop a mental health condition in their lifetime, 50% do so before they are 14, and 75% before they are 25. That’s why the Greens are strongly committed to early intervention and prevention,” Australian Greens spokesperson on mental health Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Raising Newstart now an election issue

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that after over a decade of campaigning for an increase to the Newstart rate, it was refreshing to finally see it become an election issue.

“At long last the dire poverty that people on Newstart are condemned to live in is being recognised, now it must be turned into action," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“I’ve introduced four private members bills to increase Newstart since I’ve been in Parliament. 

“The community know it is not acceptable that this payment hasn’t been raised for 25 years.

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