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Greens will move again to disallow harsh measure that hurts people with disability as a result of addiction

The Australian Greens will oppose renewed attempts by the Government to stop access to the Disability Support Pension for those who enter the system with a disability as a result of addiction.

“The Australian Greens and Labor managed to strike out this harsh measure with a disallowance motion last year which was supported by the Senate", Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

"It is cruel and harsh to refuse the disability support pension to someone because they have a disability as a result of addiction.

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Government must provide equitable access for free-to-air TV: Greens

Tuesday, 27 February

The Government is failing to support the rights of deaf, blind, hard-of-hearing and vision-impaired Australians to access the social, cultural and educational benefits of television, according to Australian Greens disability rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John.

Senator Steele-John posed questions of Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and his Department during estimates today about the accessibility of free-to-air television for vision and hearing impaired Australians.

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Sharp slowdown of expenditure for Disability Support Pension should be a cause for concern: Greens

A Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) report that shows a sharp slowdown in expenditure for the Disability Support Pension (DSP) should not be seen as a positive thing by the Turnbull Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today. 

“The Liberal-National Government have been making it more difficult for people accessing the Disability Support Pension, in 2015 the-then Abbott Government announced reviews for DSP recipients under 35 and then started on those over 35. 

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McGowan government must clarify its election promise to fund disability advocacy groups: Greens

The McGowan Government must clarify its position on funding individual disability advocacy services under the NDIS after state disability services minister Stephen Dawson left the government’s position in doubt following a live radio exchange yesterday with Australian Greens disability services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John.

Senator Steele-John said the McGowan government had made it an election promise to continue funding both individual and systemic advocacy in WA, yet 9 months later there was still uncertainty over the sector.

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Australian Greens call for more details of WA government's decision to join federal approach to NDIS

The Australian Greens have welcomed a decision by the West Australian government to become part of the federal approach to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, calling for more details of the new approach to be released.

Australian Greens disability services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John, who is himself eligible for the scheme, said today he expected the handover would see an improvement in funding for the rollout of the scheme in WA and greater eligibility.

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Senate agrees Government should reconsider royal commission into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disabilities 

The Senate has supported a motion calling on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings. 

“The abuse of people with disability in settings where they should feel safe and at home is prevalent and systemic, and the Government has no interest in truly addressing it”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Disabilities SenatorJordon Steele-John said today. 

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Disability representation in the workplace is a national disgrace

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Almost one in two Australians living with a disability are unemployed compared to the national average of 5.4 per cent, a national disgrace according to Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John.

“It is abundantly clear from Senator Fifield’s lacklustre response in question time today that the Turnbull Government has no plans to seriously address high rates of unemployment amongst the disability community,” Senator Steele-John said.

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