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Minister Redman should apologise after threatening funding to communities that oppose cashless welfare card

“It is outrageous and offensive that Minister Terry Redman has told both media and the Shire of Halls Creek that refusal to take part in cashless welfare card trials will result in a loss of future funding”, said Australian Greens spokesperson on community services, Senator Rachel Siewert.

“Halls Creek should be allowed to oppose opt-in trials without sacrificing access to good services that are essential to overcoming disadvantage. Communities are crying out for services and here the Government inappropriately pressuring them in order to get access to better services.

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Cashless welfare card another sign of the Government’s policy recklessness

The Australian Greens said today that plans for a cashless welfare card are essentially a pumped up BasicsCard, continuing and expanding income management.

"Income management is a punitive, discriminatory measure that does not work, and the introduction of a welfare card will have adverse impacts on the people affected," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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ANPHA backs Greens call to close alcohol loophole

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency has today released a draft report on alcohol advertising. Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale said today that ANPHA’s report is an endorsement of the Greens position on alcohol advertising.

“The time has come to get grog ads out of sport,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens to call for split vote on Social Security omnibus Bill

The Australian Greens will move to facilitate a separate vote on each schedule of the wide-ranging Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 when it comes on for debate in the Senate today.

This will allow an individual vote on each of the measures contained in the omnibus legislation.

"It is a bad sign that in the lead up to Christmas, the Government has tried to rush this complex patchwork of legislation through the Parliament without proper scrutiny," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

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Don’t Let Abbott Wreck Pokies Reform

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Greens ensure proper scrutiny of Government legislation

The Australian Greens have today ensured that the measures contained in the wide-ranging omnibus Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 will be scrutinised by the Senate.

"The Government wanted to push these significant changes through the Senate without any scrutiny. This Bill contains a range of measures on income support, income management, gambling, student loans, and the child care rebate that need to be carefully reviewed," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

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