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Australian Greens welcome ALP & NXT opposition to cashless welfare card expansions

"I welcome the ALP and NXT in opposing the cashless welfare card legislation in the House of Representatives and look forward to the vote being mirrored in the Senate, which would stop the cashless welfare card from being expanded”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“It is fantastic they have joined the Australian Greens and voted against this awful legislation that would expand the cashless welfare card. 

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Former Abbott Government’s plan to stop supports for anyone under 30 shows true callousness: Greens

News that in 2014 Tony Abbott considered banning income support for all Australians under 30 shows just how callous and out of touch his Government was, and it is obvious they did not understand the harsh reality of trying to find employment, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The 2014/15 budget from the Abbott Government was already breathlessly harsh towards vulnerable people who need support, to think they wanted to go any further is truly unfathomable.

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Government makes clear intention to still drug test income support recipients in MYEFO, Greens will continue to oppose

The Government making it clear in MYEFO that they will continue to pursue attempts to drug test income support recipients shows callousness and stubbornness, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“The Government recently had to pull the drug testing trials out of the huge welfare reform bill because they knew they couldn’t get the support needed to push it through the Senate. 

“The Government should give up and spend the money on wrap around supports and services for people struggling with addiction. 

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Report shows the harm of income management, Government must listen and dump income management

A new report by the University of Sydney that shows a link between income management and lower birthweights and school attendance must be carefully considered by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

“The longstanding excuse for implementing income management by successive Governments is that children need to be protected, well now we have evidence that there is a strong correlation between reduced birthweights, school attendance and income management.  

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Gary Johns as Commissioner of the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse: Greens

The Government’s announcement of Gary Johns’ appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) is deeply concerning and raises a massive red flag for the charities and not-for-profit sector and the broader community.

"This appointment demonstrates the Government's clear intent of its approach to the charities and not-for-profit sector.

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Greens oppose cashless welfare card expansion entirely, Labor should do the same 

The Australian Greens oppose the Government’s bill to expand the cashless welfare card trials in its entirety, and have dissented from the Community Affairs committee report into the Bill. 

“The ORIMA report into the effectiveness of the card in current trial sites is flawed, it doesn't show proof of concept as the Government alleges and has been harshly criticised by independent academics”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Labor should oppose cashless welfare card trial expansion entirely: Greens

The Australian Greens welcome Labor opposing the rollout of the cashless welfare card in Bundaberg and the Goldfields, but are disappointed they support existing trial sites being extended in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“I am happy the Labor party listened to evidence given to the senate inquiry, the independent academic assessment of the ORIMA report and the local communities, and decided to oppose expanded cashless welfare card trials in Bundaberg and the Goldfields”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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