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Welfare to Work isn't working.



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SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT

Welfare to Work isn't working

Senator Siewert, Wednesday 23rd August, 2006

"With Australia's leading welfare and church organisations pulling out or refusing to participate, it is high time for the government to review its Welfare to Work regime," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

Senator Siewert's comments follow the announcement this week by Catholic Welfare and Anglicare that they would withdraw. This follows the decision last year of the Brotherhood of St Lawrence and St Vinnies to refuse to participate.

"The Minister, Jo Hockey has a hide attacking church groups for not participating in the government harsh breaching regime after these groups spoke so forcefully against this legislation last year," she said.

"The church groups made obvious their deep ethical concerns about this legislation when the government first introduced it."

"Talk about shooting the messenger," said Senator Siewert.

"How dare the government accuse church groups of not caring for the poor?"

"If the Government really cared about the poor they wouldn't have brought in the changes in the first place," said Senator Siewert.

The Greens call on the Government to review Welfare to Work, and to suspend the new breaching arrangements until the review is completed.

For more information or comment call Chris Twomey 0407 725 025

www.rachelsiewert.org.au