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Greens vow to fight for indigenous communities as second report highlights policy failures

The Australian Greens have vowed to continue fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty International report condemned the Federal Government’s abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of ‘growth towns’. 

The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy intent and implementation.

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Aged care report a good start, but reform is needed now

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Productivity Commission’s ‘Caring for Older Australians’ Report and say it provides a good start for the way forward in aged care.

“The aged care system is clearly in crisis. This will get worse the more the Government delays. It is vital they begin implementing the reform process now,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Spokesperson on Ageing said today.

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Indigenous spending plan flawed from the beginning: Greens

The Australian Greens have called on the government to fundamentally change its approach to funding policies relating to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, to prevent millions more being wasted on ineffective programs.

The call comes in response to news that the programs being funded in Aboriginal communities are not effective, despite the government spending $3.5 billion dollars annually.

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Strong 'DisabiliTea' turnout a reflection of growing support for NDIS


Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has congratulated organisers of this year's DisabiliTea, and says politicians can longer turn a blind eye to the growing support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


Nearly 900 teas were registered across Australia and more than 46,000 supporters signed up to the Every Australian Counts campaign for an NDIS. "This movement can no longer be ignored by the political parties.


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Centrelink spy videos used to demonise people with disabilities: Greens

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has accused the Government and Centrelink of deliberately setting out to demonise people with disabilities, after it emerged that videos of income support recipients are routinely sent to media outlets.

Earlier this year, Centrelink released videos of people on disability support who had been charged with fraud. It coincided with legislation making punitive changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP) and the release of the latest data on the disability support pension.

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Senate backs Greens call for kidney health action

The Senate has backed an Australian Greens motion questioning the Government handling of a major renal study and has called on the Federal Government to show leadership and dedicate resources to improve renal health.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal Health said today that the Government should now take a greater leadership role in improving renal health among Aboriginal people in central Australia.

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Rachel Siewert 4 Jul 2011

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Senator BOYCE (Queensland) (15:40):  I seek leave to amend notice of motion No. 300 standing in my name and the names of Senator Adams and Senator Siewert relating to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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Greens query missing renal recommendations

The Australian Greens say a number of key draft recommendations were cut from the final report of the Central Australia Renal Study.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues has raised serious questions about changes made to the report's recommendations after comparing the draft to the final version released this week.

"The draft report contained two action plans for the periods 2011-2012 and 2013-2015, which were based on 76 separate recommendations," Senator Siewert said today.

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