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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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Australian Greens welcome Strengthening for Purpose: Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission Report

“The Australian Greens welcome the legislative review report into the Australian not-For Profits Commission Act 2012 (ACNC).

“The review panel found that there is wide support for the (ACNC) in the community and the sector, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson said today.

“I hope the Government pays close attention to this, they did not support the original legislation and tried once they came into power to get rid of the ACNC”.

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Government should abandon the Cashless Welfare Card and Labor should stop trying to have a buck both ways

I am deeply disappointed that the Senate has today voted down the Greens disallowance motion that would have stopped the Cashless Welfare Card in the Goldfields, Ceduna and East Kimberley in its tracks. I’m also disappointed that the Senate voted down the ALP disallowance that would have stopped the Goldfields trial.

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Senate can today stop the Cashless Welfare Card in its tracks

The Senate will today vote on the Greens disallowance motion that would stop the cashless welfare card in the Goldfields, Ceduna and East Kimberley in its tracks.

“Labor and the crossbench today have the opportunity to actually listen to communities and the evidence and stop this ineffective, controlling and punitive approach to social issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The evidence from academics, experts and the Auditor General is clear, the evidence isn’t there to justify continuing with the card.

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Greens will keep campaigning for an increase to Newstart 

The Senate has today voted down a Greens motion to increase Newstart by $75 a week.

“This payment has not had a real increase since 1994, so it is very disappointing that my motion was voted down, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The median house price in my home town of Perth in 1994 was $123, 125 and look at house prices now!

"At just $38 a day, jobseekers are struggling on a Newstart payment that forces them to live in poverty. 

“For over two decades both the major parties have lacked political will and refused to increase Newstart. 

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Senate supports Greens Jobactive Inquiry: Proper scrutiny is long overdue

The Senate has today supported the Australian Greens referral for a Senate Inquiry into the jobactive employment program.

“The jobactive program is delivered by a network of providers in over 1700 locations across Australia and we need to ensure that they are doing the best for jobseekers, Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“There has been numerous reports from people looking for work that the program is not delivering and significant problems with the adequacy of support to find work. Proper scrutiny of jobactive is long overdue.

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Centrelink Robodebt: Turnbull Government Targeting Most Vulnerable

The Turnbull Government has sunk to new depths in its on-going campaign to harass and punish people on income support, now targeting vulnerable people on income support as part of the robodebt program, the Australian Greens said today.

"Mr Turnbull’s Government has no shame when it comes to the appalling robodebt program. Robodebt has caused a huge amount of grief for so many people and now the Government is targeting some of the most vulnerable members of our community, said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.

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