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Government should consider delaying rollout of new Jobseeker Payment as Centrelink workload will increase with COVID-19 response roll out

From March 20, 2020 Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Wife Pension, Bereavement Allowance and Widow B Pension will cease and most recipients of these payments will transition to Jobseeker Payment, Age Pension or Carer Payment.
 
“I am very concerned that the Centrelink system will be under additional strain as casual workers are forced to self-isolate and will be applying for either an emergency payment, Newstart or the former sickness payment," Senator Rachel Siewert said. 
 

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Lack of sick leave a coronavirus ‘ticking time bomb’, stimulus payments needed: Greens

Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP and Greens Community Services spokesperson Rachel Siewert have called on the government to extend the Disaster Recovery Allowance to those affected by the coronavirus, especially those without sick leave.

The Greens have also called for any government stimulus to be targeted to support low-income Australians, support coronavirus resilience and be a more effective response to the threat of recession.

Lines from Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP:

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Speech: Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance

You lot are nothing but grinches working overtime to steal the joy right out of people's lives. Prime Minister Morrison has nothing but 'Bah! Humbug!' to say to people who are doing it tough this Christmas. We know that there are people who are struggling to put food on the table and who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. And what is this government giving them for Christmas? Nothing, zilch, zero.

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Greens call for urgent action on issues identified for immediate action in Aged Care Royal Commission interim report

The Greens are calling for the Government to start work immediately on the three issues called out in the Aged Care Royal Commission interim report for immediate action.

"This report makes for distressing reading but comes as no surprise to anyone that has been paying attention to what has been happening in the sector", Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing said.

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Greens call on Shorten to commit to scrapping the cashless debit card

The Greens are calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to commit to abolishing the cashless debit card, should they win Government this year.

“With Mr Shorten in Bundaberg today and the card set to rollout out in just over a week, he has the perfect opportunity to commit to scrapping this expensive, ineffective, punitive card,” Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters said.  

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Royal Commission: Major parties block disability community's opportunity for justice

Wednesday, 19 September

An Australian Greens motion calling for the terms of reference of a proposed Royal Commission to be expanded to cover violence, abuse and neglect of older Australians and disabled people in institutional and residential settings has been blocked.

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John succeeded in securing the votes of the entire crossbench but the motion was ultimately voted down by the Labor and Liberal parties.

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ROYAL COMMISSION: Prime Minister Morrison knows about the horrors experienced by my community, yet he chooses to do nothing: Steele-John

Tuesday, 18 September

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on the disability community, and its peak representative bodies, to lobby Prime Minister Morrison and the government to broaden the proposed Royal Commission to investigate violence, abuse and neglect of disabled people and older people in institutional and residential settings, including their own homes.

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