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$229m ‘new money’ for Earn of Learn emergency relief skimmed off existing programs

The Australian Greens said today that last night's additional Community Affairs Senate Estimates hearings has demonstrated that the Government has taken money away from vital community services, including emergency relief, into order to announce funding to offset the harm caused by their tough ‘earn or learn' regime in the Federal Budget.

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Senate rejects Government’s attempt to duck scrutiny of welfare cuts

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Senate's rejection of the Government's attempt to force a Senate Committee to report on its cruel budget legislation by Monday next week.

The Senate this morning opposed the Government's moves to have the Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment 2014 Budget Measures No. 1 and No. 2 Bills report on the Parliament's next sitting day, Monday 23rd June.

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Senate back Greens’ call for Inquiry into Inequality

The Australian Greens have successful moved for a Senate Inquiry into Inequality in Australia, opening the door for a proper review of the impact of the Abbott Government's budget.

The Inquiry has been referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee.

"I welcome the Senate's support, in recognition that inequality is a growing problem in Australia, and the Federal Budget will only make matters worse," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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New reports highlight flaws in the Government’s budget logic

The Australian Greens said today that new reports on income support and inequality are highlighting the deeply flawed logic that underpins the Government's cruel budget.

"Today's Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey puts paid to Treasurer Joe Hockey's claims that there is a 'welfare mentality' in Australia and that the Government needs to cut the social security budget," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Senate Inquiry needed as young jobseekers face growing inequality

The Australian Greens said today that the Federal Government's treatment of young jobseekers will deepen inequality in the face of growing youth unemployment.

"The Government is imposing what they call 'reasonable' compliance requirements on young jobseekers, telling them to apply for 40 jobs a month and attend appointments with employment service providers, all while they're receiving no income support at all," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Greens to move for Senate Inquiry into budget inequality

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into Inequality in Australia, as the Government faces growing criticism about the impacts of the budget.

"Despite the Treasurer's claims, the Federal Budget is an attack on Australia's social contract that will increase inequality and deliver cuts to people who are already living in poverty," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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