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Greens send a Christmas Card to Minister Shorten

The Australian Greens have today launched a ‘All I want for Christmas is a $50 increase in Newstart' Christmas card campaign supporting a $50 per week increase to the inadequate payment.

"Yesterday, the Senate Inquiry into Newstart tabled a report that clearly demonstrates the inadequacy of the Newstart payment," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"We are encouraging people to sign one of our cards and send them to Minister Shorten - calling on him and the Government to make a commitment to increasing Newstart.

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Government comes up short on answers over single parent cuts

"The Minister for Human Services said in Question Time today that is he not aware of any modelling that has been done as to what effect losing access to the parenting payment, including the concession card, will have on single parents," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Up to 10,000 working single parent families who are already balancing part time work and caring will affectively be punished from January 1 when they lose income support.

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WA’s food bowl isn’t delivering food security

The Australian Greens say the plan to award a 50 year lease to Chinese corporation Shanghai Zhongfu is a disappointing result for the nation and WA.

"This development was promoted as one which would expand opportunities for Australian farmers and food production," Australian Greens Agriculture spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"Large scale sugar cane farming for fuel production, involving widespread clearing, falls well short of this mark.

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Refine social assistance to help the most vulnerable – Greens

The Australian Greens say the Government should refine Australia's social security system to ensure that social assistance is helping vulnerable people, not the most well off.

"By refining our systems we can find the money to afford an increase to payments such as Newstart Allowance, ensuring that direct support is provided to people who need it most," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Families and Community Services said today.

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Government claims to care, despite parents being dumped into poverty

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the Government continues to downplay the impact of cuts to parenting payments and to claim that the policy is all about helping people into work.

The Government has admitted today that between 5,000 and 10,000 people will lose all of their income support payment eligibility when cuts take place on 1 January  2013.

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Newstart boost important for older jobseekers: Greens

 

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says a new survey released today further underlines the challenges faced by mature aged job seekers in finding secure employment.

“The Adage.com.au survey shows a high incidence of dissatisfaction amongst older job-seekers and backs up other evidence we’re seeing about how tough it can be looking for a job as an older worker, even if you’ve got substantial experience and education behind you,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Government needs to acknowledge the triple financial penalty faced by single parents

 

The Australian Greens say the Government should acknowledge the impact of their policy to move up to 150,000 single parents to Newstart Allowance, with new modelling showing thousands of parents will lose eligibility for important assistance available through the Pensioner Concession Card from January 1 2013.

The Senate today failed to support an Australian Greens motion calling for the Government to model the impact of this policy on single parents and examine whether this perversely impacts on their workforce participation. 

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