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This budget falls short in caring for older Australians. It will take much more to provide high quality, safe and timely care.

Janet Rice 26 Oct 2022

Labor’s budget gives billionaires and politicians a $9,000 a year tax cut but fails to deliver for older Australians and the aged care sector. 

Senator Rice said: 

“The Greens welcome the $3.9billion in increased funding for the aged care sector but it falls short of the total funding recommended by the Royal Commission by more than $4billion a year. 

“Labor’s budget gives billionaires and politicians a $9,000 a year tax cut but fails to deliver for older Australians and the aged care sector. 

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There’s a threatened species crisis - yet no money in the Budget for native forests and habitat restoration.

Janet Rice 26 Oct 2022

Australian Greens Spokesperson for Forests, Janet Rice, has lashed out at the Labor Government for failing to budget to protect native forests and their threatened animals, birds and plants.

$224 million has been allocated as part of the Labor Government’s Threatened Species Action Plan but it fails to protect native forests. 

Senator Rice said: 

“According to a parliamentary budget office costing, it will take $24.4 billion over the next decade to restore wildlife habitat and protect threatened species. $224 million is an insult. 

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Budget provides $9000 a year for the wealthy and does nothing to raise the rate of income support.

Australian Greens Social Services spokesperson Senator Janet Rice has condemned Labor’s decision to give tax cuts to the wealthy while one third of Australian households are struggling to put food on the table. 

Senator Rice said: 

“Poverty is a political choice and Labor has chosen to give tax cuts to the wealthy instead of raising the rate of income support payments above the poverty line.

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First hearing of the inquiry into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia

The first hearing of the inquiry into the extent and nature of poverty in Australia has heard from community organisations, advocacy groups and those with lived experience of poverty in Australia. 

Senator Rice said: 

“Today, the Senate committee has heard story after story of Australians who can’t afford 3 meals a day or are forced to live in their cars because they can’t afford housing. 

“On the same day, the Federal Government announced that their Stage 3 Tax Cuts for the wealthy are going to cost 10 billion dollars more than anticipated. 

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Inquiry into poverty in Australia starts in Anti Poverty Week

The first hearing of the Greens’ led Senate inquiry into the nature and extent of poverty and cost of living pressures in Australia begins on Thursday in Melbourne. 

The inquiry will hear from community organisations and those experiencing disadvantage with the first hearing focused particularly on housing.

On the first day of anti poverty week Greens spokesperson for social services, Senator Janet Rice, is calling for a raise of all income support. 

Senator Rice said:

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The burning of native forest biomass is not renewable energy

Janet Rice 30 Sep 2022

Today the Federal Government’s Native forest biomass in the Renewable Energy Target consultation paper was released with submissions open to the public on some key questions. 

This comes after the Greens secured a commitment from the government to look at removing a Coalition loophole from the Renewable Energy Act, which allows the destruction and burning of native forests to be classified as renewable energy. 

Quotes attributable to Greens forest spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice:

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Goodbye to the Cashless Debit Card

Australian Greens Social Services spokesperson Senator Janet Rice has welcomed the end of the cashless debit card after the bill passed tonight. 

Senator Rice said: 

“Today is a big day for the more than 12,000 people who will be able to exit compulsory income management. 

“Anyone living in Ceduna SA , the Goldfields and East Kimberley regions of WA and the Bundaberg- Hervey Bay region of Queensland who has been on the CDC will finally be able to control their own finances again. 

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Abolishing the Cashless Debit Card is a start, but we must end all compulsory income management

Australian Greens Social Services spokesperson Senator Janet Rice has welcomed the end of the cashless debit card in four affected communities, and funding for services in these  communities, but is calling for an end to all compulsory income management. 

 

Senator Rice said:

 

“The Greens are glad to see that Labor has responded to the calls from impacted communities to provide funding for extra services as the CDC is repealed. 

 

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Greens call for National Cabinet to extend Pandemic Leave Payments

Greens social services spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice, has urged the Federal Government to extend Pandemic Leave Payments beyond September at tomorrow’s national cabinet meeting. 

Senator Rice said:

“As much as we all wish it wasn’t, the pandemic is still with us, and national cabinet still has COVID isolation requirements in place.

“The state and territory premiers have called for pandemic leave payments to continue, and so we know that if national cabinet doesn’t grant this necessary extension, it’s Anthony Albanese who’s the blocker.

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