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NDIS too important to undermine: Greens

Recent speculation about aspects of the NDIS are understandably making people nervous about the future of the scheme, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“With reports that the Federal Government is attempting to take control of the scheme, that the WA Government is walking away from a national approach and the business sector talking about the cost of the scheme, the Federal Government needs to be showing some leadership.  

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Senate calls on the Treasurer to abandon suggestions that income support cuts are needed to pay for the NDIS

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed senate support for her motion calling on the Government to deliver the NDIS but not at the expense of people on income support.

“Just recently Treasurer Scott Morrison suggested that cuts may have to be make in the welfare system to pay for the NDIS.

“The Government needs to stop marrying Federal funding to cuts to support of our most vulnerable.

“The Senate noted that those on income support have been disproportionately targeted over the last two cruel budgets.

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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert comments on Scott Morrison foreshadowing more cuts to social safety net to fund NDIS

"We do not need to take from our most vulnerable to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“Australians doing it tough must be growing really tired of the Coalition Government using them as a source of savings for the Federal Budget. The Government is once again sinking so low as to pitch one group needing the community’s support against another.

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Agency should keep an eye on cost increase but should also move to fix gaps in the NDIS

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today the agency overseeing the rollout of the NDIS is right to keep a close eye on cost but should also focus on other aspects of the NDIS that could be improved moving forward.

“In highlighting potential for an unexpected increase in cost the NDIA are doing their job.

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Greens: Findings on the NDIS rollout by Citizens Jury must be considered moving forward

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed the launch of the Citizen’s Jury Scorecard which assessed the rollouts of the NDIS trials across the country from the perspective of people with disability accessing the service.

“This sort of initiative that enables assessment of the NDIS rollouts by gathering evidence from participants is an excellent way to establish gaps before the completed rollout.

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Attorney-General Brandis must be sacked

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister must immediately sack Attorney-General George Brandis, who has been censured by the Senate today.

"The Australian Senate has declared it's lost confidence in Minister Brandis. He must be sacked," said Senator Milne.

"The current Attorney-General is unfit tho hold the office. His behaviour has demeaned the Senate and the Parliament.

"He should uphold the rule of law and defend the institutions which act as the independent umpire of the state.

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