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Disabled people forgotten again in COVID-19 response

The Australian Greens have called on the Morrison Government to urgently prioritise disabled people, and disability support workers, in the national vaccine roll out after it was revealed that just 6.5% of this cohort have received their first dose.

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said:

"This is absolutely shameful. It's clear that the Morrison government has once again forgotten to include disabled people, and the people who support us, in their pandemic response.

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Pause to planned NDIS changes must be permanent

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today the Government's plans to stall the introduction of compulsory independent assessments was an acknowledgement of the broad opposition to the controversial changes from disabled people and peak advocacy organisations.

"It's pretty clear that the new NDIS Minister has seen the writing on the wall about compulsory independent assessments," Steele-John said, "Which is a direct result of pressure from our community, who have been campaigning against them from the very beginning!"

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Minister Roberts' comments a smokescreen for NDIS 'power grab'

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has labelled comments made this morning by Minister Robert about the NDIS as cynical, misleading and offensive.

"Minister Robert's comments about our NDIS are deeply concerning and a smokescreen for a much broader power grab from the Morrison government," Steele-John said.

"If a disabled person who is a participant of the NDIS can show that a support or a service they wish to include in their plan is reasonable or necessary, then the scheme is working as it should.

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NDIS watchdog failing to protect disabled people

Australian Greens Disability Rights and Services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has labelled reports that the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has fined just one provider, despite receiving more than 8000 complaints, as deeply concerning but not surprising.

"As a disabled person, as a disability advocate, it speaks to the systemic and endemic nature of the violence and abuse we have been screaming about for decades, and the abject failure of the commission to act.

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Budget statement: School education

Penny Wright 13 May 2015

Statement from Senator Penny Wright, Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools:

"This government is trying to use tricky accounting to hide their broken promises on school funding and disability loadings," Senator Wright said.

"The Abbott Government promised a full disability loading this year - but instead they are continuing with a completely inadequate model which has left 100,000 students with a disability without any educational support at all.

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Access All Areas App - Greens open new front in push for greater disability access

The Australian Greens have developed and launched a smartphone app that will allow people with disability, family, friends and the community to report accessibility trouble spots from anywhere around the country.

"The Greens have created this app to provide people with a simple method for reporting accessibility trouble spots with their phone whenever they experience them," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability services, said today.

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