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Mutual obligations must be immediately suspended to keep people safe

The Australian Greens are calling on the Morrison Government to immediately suspend mutual obligations on jobseekers and others on income support to protect the community during Omicron’s rapid spread. 

Australian Greens spokesperson for community affairs and social services, Senator Janet Rice said:

“Before the pandemic, mutual obligations were already gross, discriminatory and ineffective; now meeting the requirements is putting people in direct danger. 

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Greens announce billionaires tax to fund schools, dental, and jobs for all

The Greens will today announce key election policies, including a ‘billionaires tax’ to help fund genuinely free public schools, dental into Medicare and a job for everyone who wants one. 

With the party considering an election in November of this year still a possibility and a minority parliament the most likely outcome, Mr Bandt will push for a tax on billionaires & corporate super profits as part of dealings with a future shared power government.

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Mr Morrison must stop bullying people on income support

The Greens have said that Mr Morrison’s continued attacks on people on income support is cruel and demonising of people in our community who are doing it the toughest.

Greens Leader Adam Bandt said that his electorate of Melbourne was one of the hardest hit by every reduction to JobSeeker, and that Scott Morrison's actions demonstrated he didn't care about the genuine causes of unemployment.

Lines from Leader of the Australian Greens and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP:

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Comments on Budget 2017

“If you’re under the age of 35, you’ve been screwed over in this budget - whether it’s the gouging of higher education, the lack of action on climate change or the refusal to tackle housing affordability,” Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

“It’s clear that the Government finally understands you can’t just keep cutting spending without raising revenue. But this is a budget with no vision or direction for the country. It isn’t a roadmap for the future, it’s a highway to nowhere,” Dr Di Natale said. 

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Greens to oppose tougher penalties for jobseekers

The Australian Greens will not be supporting the Government's move to significantly toughen penalties for jobseekers, which will lead to mandatory eight week suspensions in the event of compliance failures.

The report of the Senate Inquiry into the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Stronger Penalties for Serious Failures) Bill 2014 was tabled today, with the Greens tabling dissenting comments.

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Senate Committee begins public scrutiny of Abbott's budget cuts

The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee will today begin two days of public hearings into the legislation enacting the Government's budget cuts to our income support system and payments.

"The Committee is examining the two substantial Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bills, which deliver the Government's toughest and cruellest budget cuts, " Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Greens call on Government to reject Forrest recommendations

The Australian Greens said today that Andrew Forrest's proposals for reforming the nation's income support system are punitive, will disempower people, entrench disadvantage and should be rejected immediately by Government.

"Ramping up income management and withholding all cash from 2.5 million people is a deeply alarming suggestion and the Government needs to reject it completely," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Work for the dole expansion continues Government's attack on job seekers

The Australian Greens said today a significant number of jobseekers will be punished and disadvantaged from any expansion of work for the dole.

"Work for the Dole is not an effective program for getting people into work and study, and is just another example of the Government's ideological war against income support and social security," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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