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The Government has got to listen to the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT (APO NT) and involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in a transparent process of reform of the discriminatory Commonwealth Development Program. "The Commonwealth Development Program is a discriminatory program that is financially penalising Aboriginal people more harshly than those on the other work for the dole program, that is not producing the results and causing disastrous outcomes for...

WA is facing the very real prospect of a significant shortfall in its training budget, it has been revealed during Budget Estimates.

 

Children should not be imprisoned at Banksia Hill Detention Centre because they do not have suitable homes to go to, Greens spokesperson for Child Protection Hon Alison Xamon MLC has said today.

 

Anglicare’s Jobs Availability Snapshot 2017 released today reveals that despite a strong growth period in full-time employment, vulnerable job seekers and people with low qualifications are still facing significant barriers to employment. The reports key findings were: There are not enough entry-level positions for the people who need them. People with significant barriers to work are not benefiting from the recent boom in full-time employment. The growing casualisation of the...
The Government needs to act immediately on the Productivity Commission findings including planning for a new timeline for the NDIS rollout, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “Many people including the Greens have been raising the issues outlined in the Productivity Commission report for a long time now, and our concerns have been ignored for far too long. “As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS I have been watching key issues very closely as they...
The Senate has supported a Greens motion condemning the engagment of Serco and calling on the Government to commit to reinstating the nearly 1200 jobs cut from the Department of Human Services in the 2017-18 Budget.   “There was deep concern in the community when the Government announced it had engaged a private contractor to staff a Centrelink call centre. Centrelink missed 42 million calls last year and employing Serco is not an answer to their woes, Australian Greens Senator Rachel...
Australia’s election to the Human Rights Council will shine a harsh light on our country’s treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “Australia’s record when it comes to closing the gap and addressing injustices to our First Peoples shows that we are failing to deliver on our human rights responsibilities for Australia’s First People. “How can we go and parade on the world stage as a leader in human rights when...
 Every year Anti-Poverty week rolls around, with report after report revealing the horrendous impacts of poverty in this country.  “Research from peak social services body ACOSS has shown that 3 million Australians live in poverty, 731,000 of them children. Despite 25 years of economic growth child poverty has increased, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  “The Foodbank Hunger Report revealed this week that the number of people in my home state of WA who got help from...
This afternoon the Senate had the opportunity to speak on the Government’s response to the Centrelink robo-debt Inquiry which was tabled out of session last month. “Given that it is Anti-Poverty week it was quite poignant that we were discussing the Government's appalling approach to some of the most vulnerable members of our community who were subject to the robo-debt debacle, Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today. “Central to tackling...
Monday, 16 October 2017 The WA Greens are hopeful a senate report into the impact industry emissions are having on the Burrup Peninsula’s ancient rock  art, due to be handed down this Wednesday, will initiate action to ensure this internationally significant site remains protected. The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications will release its report into the Protection of Aboriginal Rock Art on the Burrup Peninsula this coming Wednesday, 18 October. WA Greens MLC Robin...