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Turnbull, this is not about 'practical love', it's about control

"Malcolm Turnbull's claims that the further rollout of the cashless welfare card is about 'practical love' is nonsense, this is about control", Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

"The card quarantines the income of people accessing a working age payment in the trial areas, that includes the Carers Payment, Disability Support Pension, Youth Allowance and Newstart. 

"It takes agency from those who live on a shoestring budget who need to carefully manage their income. 

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Goldfields now largest trial site for Cashless Welfare Card

The announcement by the Prime Minister today confirming that the Goldfields will be the next trial site for the cashless welfare card is extremely disappointing. It imposes income management on people on income support in the region, taking control and agency. 

“I am concerned about the impacts this will have on people in the Goldfields community, particularly those on a working age payment who are on a shoestring budget and cannot afford to have their income quarantined against their will" Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Australian Greens welcome letter from doctors, nurses and advocates opposing drug testing income support recipients

The Australian Greens welcome a letter from nearly a thousand doctors, nurses and health advocates calling on the Turnbull Government to dump plans to drug test income support recipients, with resources instead directed to treatment and wrap around services. 

“This letter confirms what we have been hearing from health professionals and advocates already – that the proposed measure is going to do more harm than good and will hurt those struggling with addiction”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Why Bill Shorten is no Jeremy Corbyn - AFR op-ed

Lee Rhiannon 4 Sep 2017

This appeared in The Australian Financial Review.

So Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann look at Bill Shorten and see Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders, who are accused of being "socialist revisionists" and "the new romantics of protectionism". If only.

Bill Shorten is a milksop compared to Jeremy Corbyn. More on that in a moment.

Meanwhile, the Coalition's economic gurus claim the policies of the Liberal-National parties are "common sense" and not driven by ideology.

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Greens call on government to step up support for our trans and gender diverse young people

Janet Rice 1 Sep 2017

The Australian Greens are calling on the government to increase funding for support services for trans and gender diverse young people, after research by the Telethon Kids Institute found that 48% of trans young people have attempted suicide, 80% had self-harmed, and that they are 10 times more likely to suffer serious depression and anxiety compared with the general Australian adolescent population.

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A tale of two ideologies

It’s been an odd day today... one that really goes to the question of what sort of society we want to live in.
It’s to do with drugs, and how we face up to addiction and dependency in our community.
I spent the morning at the RecLink Grand Final in St Kilda, with two teams of players who have faced, and who are facing, issues of drug dependence and addiction.
RecLink works in the community to provide people with opportunities and connections through sports, recreation and the arts.

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Lifeline for 10 should be celebrated

The Australian Greens welcome the CBS acquisition of Network 10 and are warning the Government against blocking the purchase.

“CBS buying Network 10 is promising news for the future of journalism and quality programming in Australia. CBS has bucked the trend by investing in journalism, streaming services and quality programming in the US, and it would be refreshing to see that unfold here when the status quo is to slash jobs and cheap out on content.

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McGowan Government should stand up to drug testing trial in Mandurah: Greens

Premier Mark McGowan should follow in the footsteps of the Labor Victorian Government and refuse to cooperate with the Turnbull Government's plan to drug test income support recipients in WA. 

"Drug testing income support recipients has been proved overseas to be an expensive and unsuccessful measure. Drug testing will demonise and isolate people struggling with drug addiction and has been overwhelmingly rejected by experts on drug and alcohol addiction", Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

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PNG decision means Dutton's prisoners must be freed

Papua New Guinea's refusal to allow the men Peter Dutton is imprisoning on Manus Island to be abandoned means the government must bring them here to Australia, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"It is clear Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull cannot abandon their political prisoners in Papua New Guinea, nor can they leave them in a half-demolished detention centre," Senator McKim said.

"There is only one choice - evacuate these men to Australia."

"The Liberals' offshore detention regime, fully supported by Labor, has created a humanitarian crisis."

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