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Poor policies continue to put pressure on not-for-profits

The Australia Greens say poor Government policies are leading to increasing pressure being placed on Australia’s not-for-profit sector, with a report today showing 80% of organisations are concerned about their capacity to meet demand in the next six months. 

“The Community Index shows the on-the-ground impact of Government policies which continue to prioritise a surplus over the long term wellbeing of families and vulnerable people,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Families and Community Services said today.

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Greens say Government must make genuine commitment to reducing poverty and increasing allowances

Speaking today in Perth, Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Families and Community Services said, "The Government is still obsessed with achieving a surplus on the backs of the most vulnerable Australians.

"At the end of Poverty Week, where we have seen some devastating new evidence from the community sector about the number of people going hungry, living in poverty and experiencing housing stress, the Minister has finally conceded that there is a genuine problem that needs to be addressed.

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Australians go hungry as policies fail to support those in need

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Families and Community Services, is today helping launch Anglicare Australia’s 12th State of the Family report, ‘When there’s not enough to eat’, which finds that 45,000 households using Anglicare’s Emergency Relief services are unable to properly feed their families.

“Here is another report outlining the problem of poverty in our country, people are hungry. The figures released by Anglicare today are stark. They highlight the need for the Government to prioritise the wellbeing of vulnerable people,” said Senator Siewert.

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ACOSS poverty report highlights need for action on Newstart

 

The Australian Greens say the release of a new poverty report by ACOSS makes it clear that our economy is failing to support vulnerable people and highlights the cruelty of the cuts made this week to income support for single parents.

"In light of today's ACOSS Poverty In Australia report, the Government cannot deny the importance of supporting an increase of Newstart and other allowance payments by $50 per week," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

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Emergency relief essential for families affected by parenting payment cuts

The Australian Greens are calling for the Government to put in place measures to ensure families affected by parenting payment reductions are able to access emergency support when income cuts begin on January 1 next year.

“January is a tough time of year for struggling families, given the financial impact of Christmas, back to school costs and potential work shut-downs,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Families and Community Services said today.

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Despair and demonisation as parenting cuts pass the Senate

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the Government and Coalition have turned their backs on vulnerable families in passing legislation that cuts payments to single parents.

“This legislation condemns children to further poverty and restricts their options for the future,” Senator Siewert said tonight.

“It is bad legislation that does not reflect the way that our economy and society should be supporting people in need of assistance.

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Greens working for a caring economy, not a surplus on the back of poorer single parents

 

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the Greens will oppose changes to parenting payments in the Senate tomorrow, as the Government ignores the recommendations of two Parliamentary Inquiries by bringing the Fair Incentives to Work legislation on for debate.

”As a country, we should be judged on how we care for those in our society doing it toughest,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Human Rights Committee calls for deferral of parenting payment cuts

The Australian Greens say the Government has no choice but to defer proposed legislation which would move nearly 150,000 single parents on to unemployment support, in the wake of a new Committee Inquiry report.

The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into the Fair Incentives to Work Bill has recommended that the legislation be deferred until the current Senate Inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart is complete.

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