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Senate passes motion calling for meaningful Commonwealth Development Program (CDP) opportunities

“I thank First Nations Media for briefing MP’s during the August sitting period on the work they are doing and opportunities they are offering First Nations peoples across Australia, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“I was disheartened to learn that work experience and volunteering at the First Nations Media broadcast network isn’t being counted towards the Commonwealth Development (CDP) obligations.

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Royal Commission must acknowledge shared horror experienced by disabled and older Australians in institutional and residential care

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John today used question time to ask the Prime Minister why his proposed Royal Commission into the aged care system failed to acknowledge the shared horror experienced by disabled and older Australians in institutional and residential care settings.

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Another report says Newstart should be increased - how much more evidence does the Government need?

Another report, this time by Deloitte Access Economics has demonstrated the benefits of increasing the rate of Newstart by $75 a week.

“Here we have, yet another report presenting hard evidence that raising Newstart would not only help people living in poverty, it would also be good for our economy, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Prime Minister Morrison and his new front bench are very fond of telling us all about how good they are at economic management.

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ACOSS report finds Government’s approach to just “go get a job” won’t cut it

ACOSS and Jobs Australia’s Faces of Unemployment report released today highlights exactly how difficult life is for people trying to find a job on Newstart.

“This report highlights demographic groups stuck long term on the appalling low Newstart and Youth Allowance payments and the failure of the current employment services to help certain groups, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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It’s time to increase Newstart and Youth Allowance

The Australian Greens have today introduced legislation to increase the woefully low Newstart and Youth Allowance payments by $75 a week.

"Newstart and Youth Allowance payments have not increased since 1994, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“For over two decades, Liberal and Labor governments have simply refused to increase these vital income support payments.

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Even the UN knows that those on Newstart are living in poverty

The Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report tracking Australia’s progress to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals has reported that a person on Newstart, who would have been near the poverty line in 2000, is now 25% below the poverty line.

“Newstart hasn’t increased since 1994, it is unacceptable that people looking for work are condemned to poverty because the Government refuses to take action, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Rachel Siewert said.

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Greens welcome small amount of common sense from Morrison Government

The Australian Greens welcome the Morrison Government’s scrapping of plans to raise the retirement age to 70.

“This measure was another example of how out of touch the Coalition Government is with our community. The measure wasn’t going to make it through the Senate anyway, Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“Let’s hope they can back up this decision with real action for older Australians experiencing difficulty, poverty and disadvantage.

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Catholic Church in denial as it refuses to put children before doctrine

The Catholic Church has rejected not just the recommendations from the Royal Commission, but also the advice of its own Truth Justice and Healing Council, by refusing to support lifting the veil of secrecy that prevents priests from telling police about child sexual abuse they hear in the confessional.

With the Church refusing to act, it is essential that all Australian governments immediately legislate to break the culture of secrecy in the Church and once and for all put children before religion.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said:

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