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Government must ensure Jobseeker remains above the poverty line

"I am disappointed that the Government has continued to deny reports of plans to permanently increase the rate of Jobseeker come September" Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services said today. 

"There are over 1.6 million people currently receiving Jobseeker. It cannot be Government policy for them to live below the poverty line on a payment of $40 a day. It needs to reassure people that this won't happen." 

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Labour force participation rates for people with disability have remained static for the past 20 years despite Disability Employment Services receiving $800million annual funding 

The ANAO have released their report, Management of Agreements for Disability Employment Services which indicates clear concerns around elevations frameworks to measure the success of a program that receives $800million in funding per year and which was recently “reformed”. 

 

"The ANAO has found that the Department of Social Services did not develop an evaluation framework to measure the success of the DES reforms. 

 

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Greens welcome Labor’s support for Royal Commission into Robodebt 

A Royal Commission will ensure we know the full truth of what happened with robodebt including before 2015.  
 
“The Government has clearly demonstrated they are not going to hand over this information willingly and will continue to hide behind “public interest immunity claims” or claims that they have no “duty of care”, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said. 
 
“This is why it's so important to have a Royal Commission, we need to understand what happened and make sure it never happens again.

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PM’s so-called apology is pathetic and a complete failure to take responsibility

 

“The PM’s so-called apology in Parliament yesterday failed to show empathy and recognise the pain and trauma that the robodebt program caused to hundreds of thousands of Australians.

“This Government relentlessly pursed people for years in the full knowledge that they were targeting vulnerable people for savings. 

“I would apologise for any hurt or harm in the way that the government has dealt with that issue,” does not cut it, the PM clearly doesn’t get how much hurt and grief robodebt has caused.

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Greens join call for Royal Commission into robodebt

The Greens are calling for a Royal Commission into robodebt and the income compliance program saying it has caused enormous harm and trauma to a huge number of Australians and that it would help bring justice to the victims of this illegal scheme and ensure that a program like this never sees the light of day again.

“I can see no other way forward than through a Royal Commission ensuring a full, independent review of this program and a forensic audit of this mess”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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Mutual Obligations start in a week - system not fit for purpose & not enough jobs 

The Government's approach to mutual obligations has been haphazard, without proper information given to people on income support”, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“Mutual obligations should have been suspended for six months from the get-go in line with the Jobseeker and Jobkeeper programs which recognise this crisis will go for at least six months.

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Refund of Robodebts is great win for all people traumatised by this unfair program 

The Australian Greens said today that this is a great day for people who have been subjected to this unfair, appalling and illegal program. People's opposition to this program has been vindicated.

“This is a historic day. I am overwhelmed thinking of the untold suffering that this illegal scheme has caused” said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Services.

"It will be almost impossible to account for the social and economic costs of the Government's illegal Robodebt scheme.

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UNSW/ACOSS report shows poverty levels will continue to rise if we don’t keep income support levels above poverty line

The ACOSS/UNSW Poverty in Australia (Part 2 – Who is affected) released today shows that it is urgent that we learn the hard lessons from the policy mistakes of the past that sought to make savings out of the social safety net and condemned millions to poverty. That includes committing to keeping all income support rates above the poverty line the Greens say. 
 

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