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Comments on Budget 2017

“If you’re under the age of 35, you’ve been screwed over in this budget - whether it’s the gouging of higher education, the lack of action on climate change or the refusal to tackle housing affordability,” Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

“It’s clear that the Government finally understands you can’t just keep cutting spending without raising revenue. But this is a budget with no vision or direction for the country. It isn’t a roadmap for the future, it’s a highway to nowhere,” Dr Di Natale said. 

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Greens to oppose tougher penalties for jobseekers

The Australian Greens will not be supporting the Government's move to significantly toughen penalties for jobseekers, which will lead to mandatory eight week suspensions in the event of compliance failures.

The report of the Senate Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Stronger Penalties for Serious Failures) Bill 2014 was tabled today, with the Greens tabling dissenting comments.

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Senate Committee begins public scrutiny of Abbott's budget cuts

The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee will today begin two days of public hearings into the legislation enacting the Government's budget cuts to our income support system and payments.

"The Committee is examining the two substantial Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bills, which deliver the Government's toughest and cruellest budget cuts, " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Greens call on Government to reject Forrest recommendations

The Australian Greens said today that Andrew Forrest's proposals for reforming the nation's income support system are punitive, will disempower people, entrench disadvantage and should be rejected immediately by Government.

"Ramping up income management and withholding all cash from 2.5 million people is a deeply alarming suggestion and the Government needs to reject it completely," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Work for the dole expansion continues Government's attack on job seekers

The Australian Greens said today a significant number of jobseekers will be punished and disadvantaged from any expansion of work for the dole.

"Work for the Dole is not an effective program for getting people into work and study, and is just another example of the Government's ideological war against income support and social security," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Greens to ‘Bust the Budget’ in the new Senate

The Australian Greens said today they would return to Canberra this week with the goal of busting the Federal Government's cruel budget, as rallies against harsh cuts to social security are held across the country.

"The new Senate sits for the first time tomorrow and the Greens are committed to block the Government's cruel budget cuts, which punish young people, single parents and families, older Australians and people with disability," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Landcare funding shouldn't be cut

The Australian Greens are dismayed that National Landcare program has been targeted for a 50% cut in the Commission of Audit report.

"A 50% cut in funding will put important Landcare, natural resource management, environmental programs and jobs at risk and comes as the movement celebrates the 25th anniversary of Landcare " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens agriculture spokesperson said today.

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