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Morrison blackmails Parliament over the NDIS

The Australian Greens said today that linking the NDIS to cruel budget cuts is a poor start for the new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, and that the multi-party support for the NDIS should not be undermined.

"Scott Morrison isn't a full day into the job and he is already signalling the lows we can expect from the Government," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Investment and support needed to deliver an effective NDIS

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to provide the investments and support needed to fully deliver the NDIS.

"Any substantial reform package takes time to be fully and effectively implemented, and the Government needs to stay on course to ensure the NDIS is delivered as intended," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said today.

"The Federal Government needs to ensure the appropriate resources and investments are made available to address concerns with the NDIS, so that the scheme can reach its potential.

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NDIS cost cutting risks accessibility, services and productivity

The Australian Greens said today that any Government attempt to scale back the NDIS to save money would go against the spirit of the scheme and harm Australia's productivity.

"The Government has lined up the NDIS as part of its cost-cutting regime. Cutting costs will impact on services and the availability of the scheme to people with disability, meaning some will miss out," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said.

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Senate recognises the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disability

The Senate has recognised the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disability, passing a motion that congratulates winners of the National Disability Awards and acknowledges the need for more to be done to remove barriers to full participation of people with disability.

The motion was co-sponsored by Senators Rachel Siewert, Sue Boyce, Claire Moore and Mitch Fifield.

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Urgent action needed to address violence towards women with disability

The Australian Greens said today that people will be shocked by the extent of violence towards women with disability, and will want urgent action.

"Women with disability need better support, access to services and better housing, along with national and state recognition of the problem of violence and coordinated response," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said today.

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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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Greens use Senate Estimates to bust the Premier’s NDIS myths

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today’s Senate Estimates have exposed the reality behind some myths being used against the rollout of DisabilityCare in WA.

“A number of the myths being used by Colin Barnett and his ministerial colleagues to undermine the NDIS in WA have been debunked,” Senator Siewert said today.

“It was clear from today’s Senate Estimates hearings with the Department of FaHCSIA that people currently receiving disability support services in WA will not go backwards under DisabilityCare. 

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NDIS levy passes Parliament, but disappointment as WA remains on the outer

The Australian Greens say the passage today of the NDIS levy provides a cornerstone of care, support and security for Australians with disability.

"I congratulate people with disability, families, friends, carers and supporters who have worked towards this outcome for so long," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"This has been a long road. People have told me over the past months and years that they're just sick of waiting.

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