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Senator Rachel Siewert is the Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.


Mental health and income support


Rachel Siewert, Monday, 7th December 2020 -  The Productivity Commission report into mental health showed the punitive nature of the income support system is adversely impacting people's mental health. Given the issue of robodebt and the increase in people accessing the system, it’s a link worth drawing attention to, writes Senator Rachel Siewert. 

‘Reintroducing the liquid asset test is mean spirited and unfair in the midst of a recession’


Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 29th July 2020 -  If you make people spend all of their hard-earned savings before receiving income support then they are left in a precarious position, argues Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Our Social Policy Reflects Our Attitudes to Women


Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 30th January 2019 -  Politicians must reflect on the policy decisions they have made that mean single mothers go without food or women are unable to leave a violent home, writes Senator Rachel Siewert, as she reflects on the impact of the controversial ParentsNext program.

A Fox in Charge of a Hen House


Rachel Siewert, Friday, 22nd December 2017 -  This year has been a tough one for the charities and not-for-profit sector, with the federal government ramping up its attack on advocacy and repositioning the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), writes WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

The NDIS Has Teething Problems That Must Be Addressed


Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 24th May 2017 -  Given the National Disability Insurance Scheme has support across the political spectrum there is a reluctance to heavily criticise it despite a parliamentary inquiry which is revealing that the system is beset by major problems, writes WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Many Australians Don’t Have Access to Critical Social Services

Federal Election

Rachel Siewert, Thursday, 16th June 2016 -  Opinion: The Greens community spokesperson, Senator Rachel Siewert, told a National Press Club forum this week that it was her job to keep the issues of the Not for Profit sector at the forefront of policy reform and to help protect Australia’s most vulnerable. Here she explains the Green’s election pledge to the sector.

Time to Refocus, Mr Turnbull


Rachel Siewert, Thursday, 21st April 2016 -  Instead of trying to get tougher on unions and workers, the prime minister should be turning his attention to the social services sector which is struggling to provide support for the most vulnerable, writes Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

Charity Sector Still Fighting After Tough Year – Senator


Rachel Siewert, Tuesday, 10th November 2015 -  Despite a year full of hurdles, the Federal Government has yet to destroy the spirit of the charity and Not for Profit sector, which despite challenges remains committed, vibrant and full of variety, writes Greens Senator, Rachel Siewert.

Pensions Haven’t Escaped the Budget Glare


Rachel Siewert, Wednesday, 11th June 2014 -  The Federal Government’s approach and ideology to income support is at odds with the spirit in which the system first began more than a century ago, writes Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
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