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Governments must act as hunger grows in WA

The Australian Greens said today that the growing levels of hunger in Western Australian were a stark reminder of the need for State and Federal Governments to work together to address the underlying causes of poverty and inequality.

"Foodbank's annual report shows that there has been an increase in demand for food relief in the past year, and that on average more than 8,800 people, half of them children, are being turned away each month. " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Greens to move for Senate Inquiry into budget inequality

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into Inequality in Australia, as the Government faces growing criticism about the impacts of the budget.

"Despite the Treasurer's claims, the Federal Budget is an attack on Australia's social contract that will increase inequality and deliver cuts to people who are already living in poverty," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Greens call for National Poverty Plan, with WA community services facing growing demand

To mark Anti-Poverty Week, the Australian Greens have released a survey that shows the increased demands being placed on WA's community services.

The survey, undertaken by Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services, reflects the views of 31 community service providers from metropolitan and regional areas.

"Overwhelmingly, our survey has found that demand for assistance is growing, particularly for the basics, such as food, housing and household expenses," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Plan To Reduce Poverty

There are 2.3 million people living below the poverty line in Australia. Nearly 600,000 of them are children.

The Greens are the only party talking about this, and who are willing stand up for vulnerable families by committing to a long term plan to address the underlying causes of poverty.

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