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Government makes clear intention to still drug test income support recipients in MYEFO, Greens will continue to oppose

The Government making it clear in MYEFO that they will continue to pursue attempts to drug test income support recipients shows callousness and stubbornness, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“The Government recently had to pull the drug testing trials out of the huge welfare reform bill because they knew they couldn’t get the support needed to push it through the Senate. 

“The Government should give up and spend the money on wrap around supports and services for people struggling with addiction. 

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Report shows the harm of income management, Government must listen and dump income management

A new report by the University of Sydney that shows a link between income management and lower birthweights and school attendance must be carefully considered by the Government, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.  

“The longstanding excuse for implementing income management by successive Governments is that children need to be protected, well now we have evidence that there is a strong correlation between reduced birthweights, school attendance and income management.  

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Gary Johns as Commissioner of the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse: Greens

The Government’s announcement of Gary Johns’ appointment as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) is deeply concerning and raises a massive red flag for the charities and not-for-profit sector and the broader community.

"This appointment demonstrates the Government's clear intent of its approach to the charities and not-for-profit sector.

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Greens oppose cashless welfare card expansion entirely, Labor should do the same 

The Australian Greens oppose the Government’s bill to expand the cashless welfare card trials in its entirety, and have dissented from the Community Affairs committee report into the Bill. 

“The ORIMA report into the effectiveness of the card in current trial sites is flawed, it doesn't show proof of concept as the Government alleges and has been harshly criticised by independent academics”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Labor should oppose cashless welfare card trial expansion entirely: Greens

The Australian Greens welcome Labor opposing the rollout of the cashless welfare card in Bundaberg and the Goldfields, but are disappointed they support existing trial sites being extended in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

“I am happy the Labor party listened to evidence given to the senate inquiry, the independent academic assessment of the ORIMA report and the local communities, and decided to oppose expanded cashless welfare card trials in Bundaberg and the Goldfields”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 

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Senate throws support behind not-for-profit sector in light of Government’s attempts to limit advocacy 

The Senate has expressed support for charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, who are currently being targeted by the Federal Government who want to limit their advocacy. 
 
“Charities and not-for-profits, whether they work on environmental issues, social services or human rights are under pressure by the Turnbull Government who want to limit their advocacy,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today. 
 

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Latest breach highlights problems with outsourcing by Government: Greens 

A data breach in the Department of Social Services demonstrates the risks of outsourcing work on sensitive material to private contractors, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says today. 

“The Federal Government is continually looking to outsource and privatise Department and Centrelink services and here is another example of the associated risks. 8,500 employees past and present have now been warned their personal data has been breached. 

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