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Greens offer solutions for poverty in WA as the old parties go missing

The Australian Greens said today that they remain the only party with effective policies on the table to reduce the incidence of poverty in Western Australia.

The new WA Council of Social Service Cost Of Living Report released today shows that a lack of affordable housing, increased living costs and inadequate levels of income support are driving Western Australians below the poverty line, with job seekers, single parents and families on low or fixed incomes most at risk.

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Airline wheelchair policies unacceptable – Greens

The Australian Greens have today emphasised the need to ensure airline passengers with a disability are not disadvantaged by budget airline policies which limit the number of passengers requiring wheelchair assistance on flights.

“I support comments made today by the Disability Discrimination Commissioner that we cannot take a ‘first and second class citizen’ approach to offering services,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disabilities said today.

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Greens seek improved approach to disability services

The Government needs to improve its approach to the support and assistance being provided for people living with a disability, the Australian Greens said today.

"A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers has shown a high level of poverty and low employment rates among people with disabilities. We urge the Government to rethink some of its recent policy decisions, which I believe will exacerbate these problems,” said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability services.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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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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Governments impairment tables will disadvantage people with disabilities

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's new disability impairment tables will disadvantage many people with a disability.

"This is about Government trying to save money not helping people into employment" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on disabilities.

"People who should be on a disability support pension will end up on Newstart, meaning they will be over a hundred and twenty dollars a week worse off. People already struggling with a disability will be struggling financially while trying to find a job with a disability.

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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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Disability and ageing: lifelong planning for a better future

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (17:10):  I present the final report of the Community Affairs References Committee, Disability and ageing: lifelong planning for a better future, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee.

Ordered that the report be printed.
Senator SIEWERT:  I table the report and I move:

That the Senate take note of the report.

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Statement acknowledging 20 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

I start by acknowledging that this statement is being made on the land (boodja) of the Wadjuk Nyoongar people. I pay my respects to the traditional owners of this land and the elders past and present. It always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

I’d also like to acknowledge the excellent work done by the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee.

I am deeply sorry that I was unable to be with you today to discuss with you the pressing need to act on Aboriginal deaths in custody.

To act on fully and comprehensively implementing the findings of the Royal Commission.

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