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Government must reject healthy welfare card after damning income management evaluation

The Australian Greens said today that the Government has no choice other than to abandon plans for a healthy welfare card, with a key income management evaluation showing the scheme has been a comprehensive and expensive failure.

"The Government has at last released the Evaluation of New Income Management in the Northern Territory final report, which as expected shows that this wasteful and expensive regime has failed to deliver on its objectives," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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Government refuses to release critical income management evaluation

The Australian Greens said today the Government was defying the will of the Senate by refusing to comply with an order for the production of documents and table a crucial evaluation of income management.

"The Government is clearly considering an extension of income management through the healthy welfare card, but they are refusing to release the Evaluating new income management in the Northern Territory final report, despite a Senate order for production of documents," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Forrest Review doesn't justify income management expansion

The Australian Greens said today that it is deeply concerning that the Government is basically using the Forrest Review as evidence to support the introduction of the so-called cashless welfare card.

"The Government is clearly planning to expand income quarantining by introducing a cashless healthy welfare card, as recommended by the Forrest Review" Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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New investigation highlights fundamental flaws in income management

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to abandon income management, as an ABC investigation highlights long-standing flaws in the scheme.

"Income management is a misguided regime which is not supported by evidence. This investigation reinforces the fact it is a flawed approach," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Landcare funding shouldn't be cut

The Australian Greens are dismayed that National Landcare program has been targeted for a 50% cut in the Commission of Audit report.

"A 50% cut in funding will put important Landcare, natural resource management, environmental programs and jobs at risk and comes as the movement celebrates the 25th anniversary of Landcare " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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Greens say vulnerable will suffer most under May budget

The Australian Greens say the Abbott government is making its approach to income support very clear in revealing that income management will be one of the only areas to get more funding this May.

"Income management is a failed, top down demonising approach to those on income support," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Services.

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