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More amendments needed for NDIS - Greens


The Australian Greens said today that further amendments would be needed to the NDIS legislation following the tabling of a Senate Inquiry report.

“The Australian Greens have supported the majority report of the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry, but have also provided important additional comments and recommendations,” disabilities spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said this afternoon.

“The Government should adopt the recommendations made in the committee’s majority report, along with the additional  recommendations made by the Greens.

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Australian Greens Welcome NDIS Inquiry to Hobart


The Australian Greens have spoken about the importance of a NDIS, as hearings for the scheme's legislation take place in Hobart today.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation will provide essential support and assistance for Australians living with a disability and give individuals greater capacity to have control over the choice of care and support they receive. It is important, transformative reform.

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Greens act to improve NDIS transparency

The Australian Greens said today they will seek improved mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability around the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Disabilities said today she would pursue a new mechanism through Senate Estimates to ensure the NDIS rollout was properly examined.

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Greens call for concrete NDIS commitments

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today called for the Government and opposition to provide certainty to people living with a disability and their families.

“The Greens support the cross-party commitment to implementing an NDIS, particularly the Government’s efforts to do so earlier than the Productivity Commission recommended,” Senator Siewert, Greens disabilities spokesperson said today.

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Government must ensure an inclusive NDIS planning process

The Australian Greens have used question time to raise concerns that people living with a disability are being left out of some planning aspects of National Disability Insurance Scheme.

"The Government today again acknowledged the current system is not meeting the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Disabilities said today.

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Brandis must disqualify from privileges committee

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called on Liberal powerbroker George Brandis to remove himself, or be removed, from the Senate Privileges Committee because he has pre-judged the question of the integrity of Greens Senators Brown and Milne.

"I have reminded the Senate that the Committee of Privileges has the power to recommend jail sentences of six months for Senators. It is parallel to our courts, must apply standards of justice like those of the courts and its decisions are appellable to the courts. Senator Brandis must go," Senator Brown said in Canberra today.

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