Social policy

Australian Greens Statement on Operation Fortitude

“The Australian Greens National Council, meeting in Melbourne have condemned the actions of Abbott’s border force in Melbourne.

“The Australian Greens congratulate the rapid response by Melburnians defending all our human rights.

“The Australian Greens will continue to oppose racial profiling and the militarisation of immigration policy.

“The Greens will work to restore decency and humanity in our immigration laws after the defeat of the Abbott Government.”

Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Immigration Spokesperson and Giz Watson, Greens Co-convenor.

Labor must be true opposition and reject healthy welfare card

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said the Australian Greens will oppose the legislation introducing a healthy welfare card and called on the ALP to do the same.

"I urge the Labor party to be genuine opposition when it comes to voting on legislation that will seek to rollout the healthy welfare card trials.

“It is incomprehensible that a paternalistic thought bubble by a billionaire could materialise with the support of the Labor party, rolling out as early as next year.

Greens to push for marriage equality on the back of historic Irish win

Greens have always stood for full equality and always will

The Australian Greens welcome the historic vote of ‘YES’ for same sex marriage in Ireland and call on Australia to follow suit.

“The news of a resounding ‘YES’ vote in Ireland for amending their constitution to extend the right to marry to all couples, regardless of gender, is fantastic and it is time for Australia to catch up” Greens marriage equality spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens will push for a vote on a bill for same sex marriages to be recognised before the year is out

Morrison should abandon failing welfare to work programs

Welfare to work programs are ineffective and ideologically driven

The Australian Greens argue that new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison cannot ignore new evidence that points to the failure of the ‘welfare to work’ approach undertaken by Australia’s last four Prime Ministers.

“Welfare to work programs are ineffective and ideologically driven. They waste resources that should be used to help people into secure, long term employment,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said.

Morrison set to lead renewed attack on our social safety net

The Australian Greens said the appointment of Scott Morrison as Social Services Minister shows the Government's clear intent to pursue hard-line policies which will weaken our nation's social safety net.

"Just when you thought this Government couldn't make things tougher for families and single parents, older Australians, young job-seekers and students, along comes Scott Morrison," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said.

PM Abbott as Minister for Women only deepening inequality

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Tony Abbott has revealed himself as small-minded in both the climate debate and his view of women, after claiming his greatest achievement as the Minister for Women has been abolishing the carbon price, because "women are particularly focussed on the household budget."

"He might as well have said his greatest achievement was to help women buy a better iron so they can stay home and iron more often," said Senator Milne.

Greens reject discriminatory work for the dole plans

The Australian Greens have rejected a discriminatory Government plan to make different rules for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities in order to access income support.

"The Government has waited until after Parliament has finished for the year to announce their plans to force people in remote communities to undertake work for the dole for 12 months a year in order to receive income support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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