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Parenting & Newstart Inquiries need to consider new homelessness data

The Australian Greens say new housing data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare needs to be carefully considered by two current Senate Inquiries examining income support payments.

An inquiry is currently underway to examine proposed legislation which contains changes to the single parenting payment, while another inquiry, proposed by the Australian Greens, examines the ongoing inadequacy of allowance payments such as Newstart.

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Government still has time to reconsider parenting payment cuts

The Australian Greens say the Government still has time to reconsider legislation that will move around 100,000 single parents onto Newstart Allowance, with an inquiry currently underway into the Bill, which is yet to appear before the Senate.
“Statistics published today point to the lengthy delays Newstart recipients face as they look for work,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Families and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said from Canberra.

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Senate supports Greens call for income support inquiry

The Senate has today supported a motion put by the Australian Greens to hold an inquiry into income support payments, including Newstart.

“I am hopeful this Inquiry will build the evidence base which points to the need to improve payments and support for some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

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Human rights examination of parenting and intervention laws is an important step

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Joint Committee on Human Rights examination of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Incentives to Work) Bill 2012.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Families and Community Services said the referral is an important step, given the dramatic effect of the legislation.

“One of the effects of this legislation will be to force around 100,000 single parents from parenting payments to Newstart Allowance,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Newstart shortfall harming job seekers with a disability

The Australian Greens say today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council report demonstrates the need for a change in the way people with a disability are supported and the way in which services are delivered.

“The Greens want to see people living with a disability participate in society fully,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on disability services said today.

“It is clear from the lack of improvement around employment participation that the assistance mechanisms designed to help people into work aren’t effective.

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Older workers would benefit from a new approach to income support

Australian Greens spokesperson on Ageing, Senator Rachel Siewert says government plans to remove age discrimination from the workplace should be accompanied by other measures to make it easier for older Australians to continue workforce participation.
“More should be done to assist older workers into employment and our society needs to change the way it thinks about older workers,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Older Australians very clearly have the capacity and desire to continue to make strong, positive contributions to our communities.

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Greens welcome calls for Newstart increase

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed an increasing push within the ALP to increase the rate of Newstart Allowance for unemployed Australians.

Senator Siewert recently spent a week living on the equivalent of Newstart - $17 per day after rent – as part of the Greens ongoing campaign to have the payment increased by $50 per week.

“I am glad that more MPs are realising the absolute inadequacy of Newstart, the week living on Newstart clearly demonstrated to me how difficult it is to survive on it," Senator Siewert said today.

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My Family

Since the Federal Government announced further changes to parenting payment entitlements, all of the Greens offices have received calls and emails about the impact this will have on families.

The Fair Incentives To Work Bill removes measures put in place in 2006 to protect people from the Howard Government's Welfare to Work reforms. In less than three months, parents affected by this legislation will start to be moved from parenting payments to Newstart Allowance, a cut of $60-$100.

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