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Senate throws support behind not-for-profit sector in light of Government’s attempts to limit advocacy 

The Senate has expressed support for charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, who are currently being targeted by the Federal Government who want to limit their advocacy. 
“Charities and not-for-profits, whether they work on environmental issues, social services or human rights are under pressure by the Turnbull Government who want to limit their advocacy,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Latest breach highlights problems with outsourcing by Government: Greens 

A data breach in the Department of Social Services demonstrates the risks of outsourcing work on sensitive material to private contractors, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says today. 

“The Federal Government is continually looking to outsource and privatise Department and Centrelink services and here is another example of the associated risks. 8,500 employees past and present have now been warned their personal data has been breached. 

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Many in the Hinkler community do not want the cashless welfare card, Mr Pitt should listen to their concerns

News that the cashless welfare card will be rolled out across the Hinkler electorate next year will be incredibly distressing for members of that community that desperately do not want the card, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“The Government has consistently insisted the card won’t get ahead in a region where there is not community support. I have met many, many people in the Hinkler region that do not want the card, why have they been ignored? 

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National MPs should go and talk to Newstart recipients in their communities rather than demand they be dumped on the cashless welfare card

The group of Federal National MPs campaigning to apply the cashless welfare card to Newstart recipients shows a true disconnect from those in their communities struggling to get by, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“These National MPs are sat in their offices vilifying members of the community struggling to find work, they should get out there and talk to the people they are demonising and want to restrict how they manage their money.

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Xenophon, don’t wheel and deal on welfare reform: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on the Nick Xenophon Team to resist negotiations and oppose the welfare reform bill as a whole in the Senate. 

“I’m glad Rebekha Sharkie has called a spade a spade when it comes to this bill, saying the drug testing was ‘devoid of logic’ and other measures in the bill would leave vulnerable kids without food on the table”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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PaTH program is resulting in suspended payments and exploitation

The coalition suspending payments of 1300 young people seeking income support because they did not take part in the first compulsory stage of the Governments PaTH program shows that a cruel and paternalistic approach to the social safety net persists. 

“PaTH was pitched as this amazing voluntary measure that would help young people get jobs and instead 1300 young people have had their payments suspended, which could result in homelessness and hunger”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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