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News that the cashless welfare card will be rolled out across the Hinkler electorate next year will be incredibly distressing for members of that community that desperately do not want the card, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  “The Government has consistently insisted the card won’t get ahead in a region where there is not community support. I have met many, many people in the Hinkler region that do not want the card, why have they been ignored?  “When I visited...
The Australian Greens welcome the WA State Government’s ex gratia payment and formal apology to the family of Ms Dhu. “Although this will not bring back Ms Dhu and the family will continue to experience deep grief from her avoidable death, I hope these steps made by the McGowan Government offers some solace. “Moves to implement a comprehensive Custody Notification Service in Western Australia are a welcome step and I agree that Aboriginal deaths in custody will dramatically reduce or...
Thursday, 14 September 2017   The WA Greens have labelled the Premier’s announcement of a new State Agreement Act for the Pilbara as irresponsible, especially given the fiscal outlook delivered in last week’s budget.   Mining spokesperson Robin Chapple MLC said royalties should have increased across the board according to the different conditions relevant to each industry in the mining sector, however state agreements meant a simple solution was not possible.   “The gold industry has been...
I welcome the City of Moreland joining the push to change the date of Australia Day to ensure everyone is welcome, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “It is clear that the current date for Australia Day is seen as a day of invasion for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is considered a day of grieving for many. “We are kind and inclusive nation and simply moving the day to a date where everyone can celebrate this wonderful country makes sense.  “I...
The group of Federal National MPs campaigning to apply the cashless welfare card to Newstart recipients shows a true disconnect from those in their communities struggling to get by, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “These National MPs are sat in their offices vilifying members of the community struggling to find work, they should get out there and talk to the people they are demonising and want to restrict how they manage their money. “I was in Mr Pitt’s electorate...
I would like to congratulate my dear friend and colleague Senator Rachel Siewert for winning the prestigious Missen Award for integrity in politics. Rachel has been an outstanding advocate and member of parliament, who has dedicated her time as a Senator to assisting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community. It is pretty well known in Parliament House across party lines that Rachel is one of the hardest working Senators in this place. As a senate committee chair she has a...
Wednesday, 13 September 2017   The WA Greens have welcomed the Government’s announcement a ban on plastic bags will be implemented in 2018, but say the Environment Minister’s comments trivialised what is an urgent and complex environmental concern.   WA Greens Environment Spokesperson Robin Chapple MLC said he was particularly encouraged by suggestions that the ban would focus on barring retailers from supplying plastic bags, rather than simply incentivising consumers to change their...
Tuesday, 12 September 2017   The WA Greens have said they support measures in the state budget to increase revenue from the mining sector, but that the increase should be across the board and not targeted to individual industries.   “There’s no sugar coating this - the former Liberal National Government left this state in a terrible fiscal mess,” Mr Chapple said.   “The mining sector has to play its part in fixing the state’s finances – especially when they are returning significant profits...
The Australian Greens are calling on the Nick Xenophon Team to resist negotiations and oppose the welfare reform bill as a whole in the Senate.  “I’m glad Rebekha Sharkie has called a spade a spade when it comes to this bill, saying the drug testing was ‘devoid of logic’ and other measures in the bill would leave vulnerable kids without food on the table”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  “The evidence is overwhelming you can’t fix the drug testing measures. Drug...
The Greens have today criticised the government for failing to provide certainty over the future of the NDIS in Western Australia, following the release of the State Budget yesterday.