The Australian Greens said today that already high poverty levels among older Australians would increase as a result of the Government's budget measures.
"The Global AgeWatch Index has found that 35.5% of older Australians are living in poverty, and that Australia is ranked 61 out of 95 countries when it comes to income security, including pensions and income support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today.
Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, has today expressed concern that approximately 240 Australian medical graduates will not be offered a State or Territory internship position this year.
“Completing a medical internship is essential for a graduate to work as a doctor in Australia. Without an internship a medical degree is useless,” said Senator Di Natale.
The Australian Greens are proud to have secured an agreement with the Palmer United Party to block Tony Abbott's plan to hand federal approval powers over to state governments and to have improved the Senate Inquiry into Queensland so that it can investigate environmental attacks of both the Newman and Bligh governments.
Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam today said that the Greens would be moving to amend the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 in the House of Representatives.
“There is widespread concern that the Government’s proposed counter-terror laws are overstepping what’s required and the Greens want to get the balance right,” said Mr Bandt.