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Greens say Government has not gone far enough on improving the regulation on restraints in aged care 

“I moved to disallow the original regulation because it was overwhelming considered by stakeholders to be flawed and it is feared that the regulation could lead to an increased use of chemical restraints, Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 
“In light of what the Royal Commission interim report said I’m disappointed at the piecemeal amendments they have made. They simply do not go far enough to protect older Australians.
 

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Greens write to Minster to seek assurance that people in fire and emergency zones will not have their Centrelink payments cut off 

The Greens have written to Minister Robert to seek assurances that people on income support in fire and emergency zones do not have their payments cut off, suspended or receive demerit points if they are unable to meet their mutual obligations or report their income due to the fire emergency.
 
“There is a likelihood that within these zones it will be extremely difficult for people to meet their obligations and reporting requirements,“ Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 
 

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Greens call on Senate to reject compulsory income management in the form of CDC after heartbreaking evidence to Senate inquiry 

The Greens are calling on the Senate to reject the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 following the senate inquiry report into the Bill and listen to the lived experiences of people on the card and compulsory income management in the NT. 
 

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Greens call for timeline for action on chemical restraints 

The Australian Greens are calling on Government to act with a sense of urgency on the Interim Aged Care Royal Commission report findings saying Australians expect them to.

“These issues are not a surprise to Government, they have been raised time and time again, it is obvious more money has been needed for home care packages, there has been repeated calls to eliminate the use of restraints and a number of inquiries into young people in nursing homes.

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Government can act now on restraints

The Government can do something about the use of chemical and physical restraints in aged care right now, by immediately amending the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019 tabled in Parliament by Government earlier this year.
 
"The regulation is currently before the Senate in the form of a disallowable instrument.
 
"The regulation is overwhelming considered by stakeholders to be flawed and it is feared that the regulation could lead to an increased use of chemical restraints.
 

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Greens call for Senate to reject drug testing bill after passage in the house

The Australian Greens are calling on the Senate to reject the harmful and dangerous Government proposal to drug test income support recipients in trial areas because of the overwhelming evidence of the damage it will cause to individuals and our communities. 
 
“The stigma experienced by people with addiction will be further compounded through this trial by subjecting participants to compulsory income management. It will be incredibly damaging and health and addiction experts have consistently opposed this approach”, Senator Rachel Siewert said. 
 

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Human Rights Watch Report reinforces need to disallow legislative instrument regulating aged care restraints

The Human Rights Watch Fading Away  - How Aged Care Facilities in Australia Chemically Restrain Older People with Dementia report has called on the Government to end the use of chemical restraints as a means of controlling the behaviour of older people in aged care.
 
The Australian Greens have moved to disallow the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019 which is the legislative instrument regulating the use of chemical restraints in aged care facilities. The report reinforces the need to rethink the approach in the new regulation.

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Greens call on Prime Minister Morrison to have a heart this anti-poverty week

The Senate has today passed another motion in anti-poverty week calling on the Government to raise the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance urgently.
 
"The calls to increase Newstart are absolutely overwhelming, today we have the “Newstart Nannas” who have come all the way to Canberra because they know how important an increase of Newstart is to our community.
 
"Over 50 percent of people on Newstart are over the age of 45, if we don’t increase Newstart, we are looking at an epidemic of older Australians retiring into poverty.
 

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