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Appropriate housing critical for NDIS success

The Australian Greens support calls by the disability and community sector to ensure the housing needs of people with disability are planned for as the NDIS is rolled out.

"A core part of providing choice and control to people with disability is ensuring a range of secure and independent housing options are available," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability said today.

"The Community Housing Federation of Australia has estimated that by the time the NDIS is fully operational, there will be an unmet need for more than 80,000 dwellings.

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Brandis opens the floodgates for bigotry: Greens

Attorney-General George Brandis's amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act will open the floodgates for racists and bigots to dominate the public debate, say the Australian Greens.

"This is the Andrew Bolt Protection Bill - the Attorney General is looking out for his mate but has spared no thought to those who are the victims of racial abuse," Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Wright said.

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Investment and support needed to deliver an effective NDIS

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to provide the investments and support needed to fully deliver the NDIS.

"Any substantial reform package takes time to be fully and effectively implemented, and the Government needs to stay on course to ensure the NDIS is delivered as intended," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said today.

"The Federal Government needs to ensure the appropriate resources and investments are made available to address concerns with the NDIS, so that the scheme can reach its potential.

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Brandis Bolts to override internal concerns on racial slur laws

The Australian Greens have renewed calls for Attorney-General George Brandis to drop his bid to amend the Racial Discrimination Act, following the minister's responses in Question Time today.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright today asked the Attorney-General why he would not reconsider in light of concerns raised by Liberal MP Ken Wyatt.

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AG Brandis credibility on the line over seized legal advice to East Timor

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Attorney General must guarantee that privileged legal advice to the East Timor Government regarding proceedings against the Australian Government in The Hague that was seized by ASIO has not been provided to or used in any way by Australia's legal team.

"Australia's spies have seized privileged legal advice given to East Timor. Was the seizure in part to assist Australia in international legal action against us in The Hague? If not, why hasn't it been returned?" Senator Milne said.

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NDIS cost cutting risks accessibility, services and productivity

The Australian Greens said today that any Government attempt to scale back the NDIS to save money would go against the spirit of the scheme and harm Australia's productivity.

"The Government has lined up the NDIS as part of its cost-cutting regime. Cutting costs will impact on services and the availability of the scheme to people with disability, meaning some will miss out," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said.

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