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Revised welfare to work still missing the point.

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Sen Rachel Siewert

Senator for Western Australia

Revised welfare to work still missing

the point

8th Nov 2005

The revised Welfare to Work package is a sad joke, said Senator Rachel Siewert, but at least the Government has acknowledged that the proposed package was too harsh on single parents, the disabled and their carers. “The Government needs a fundamental rethink - the next stage is for them to admit that the Welfare to Work package will not be fixed by tinkering around the edges,” spokesperson Rachel Siewert said. “These limited amendments show the Government is yet to

acknowledge the value of parenting to society, and still treats disabled people as though they deserve to be punished for their situation.” Senator Siewert has committed the Australian Greens to working toward a better system, which does not force single parents and the

disabled onto the Newstart allowance but develops a more responsive system designed to cater directly to peoples’ needs. “The Government has come part of the way to acknowledging what we’ve been saying. But unless this legislation is fundamentally revisited, it is going to cause serious harm to vulnerable families. “We share the Government’s desire to ensure that parents and people with disabilities can find a place in the workforce if they want it. We strongly differ with some of the tactics advanced and will be working toward a more humane alternative.”