Building a caring society

Welfare

The Greens stand up for single parents, young people and other marginalised groups by fighting the Coalition's attacks on Newstart and payments to single parents.

A better start for jobseekers

Jobseekers are living so far below the poverty line it has become a barrier to them finding work. Adam and the Greens have a costed plan to lift Newstart by $50/week, funded by a proper mining tax.

Standing up for single parents

On 1 January 2013, Labor pushed up to 100,000 single parents off the Parenting Payment and onto Newstart. The Liberal government has continued these attacks on single parents.

The Greens will:

  • Increase payments to single parents by $90 per week
  • Allow single parents to earn more income from part-time work before having their payments cut
  • Make it easier for single parents to request flexible working arrangements, so that they can work and care for their children.

Taking the pressure off young people

Adam and the Greens want to take the pressure off young people and better recognise the huge contribution they make to our society and economy. We have a costed plan to lift Youth Allowance by $50, boost funding to TAFEs and universities, and build more affordable housing.

Families

Adam has introduced legislation to help give people - especially those caring for others - a better work/life balance. This is a priority for Adam in Parliament.

Paid Parental Leave

The government has done a complete U-turn on paid parental leave, now seeking to slash the inadequate existing scheme. Adam and the Greens want to see a proper paid parental leave scheme and well-funded childcare that supports all families, especially those on low and middle incomes.

Better work / life balance

People are under growing pressure when trying to balance work and home responsibilities. Over two-thirds of women working full-time report chronic time pressure and part-timers are struggling too. Adam has introduced legislation to help give people – especially those caring for others – a better work/life balance. This is a priority for Adam.

Childcare

If we’re serious about helping women return to work, we need more childcare places. Adam and the Greens have a plan to boost childcare and help existing centres expand.

Housing

Adam and the Greens have a costed plan to address housing affordability for those most vulnerable in our community.

Affordable housing

Many people are in a housing crisis and cost pressures are increasing across Melbourne. Federal and state governments have dropped the ball on affordable housing, leaving millions of Australians battling with increasing costs. Adam and the Greens have a costed plan to address housing affordability by:

  • housing the homeless
  • building more public housing and affordable rental properties
  • expanding student housing
  • improving and protecting the rights of renters and trialling innovative home-ownership schemes

Health

Adam and the Greens have a plan to get the rest of dental into Medicare by 2018, to reverse hospital cuts and to defend and extend Disability Care.

A more caring society

Australians are a caring people. We want to help those who are vulnerable or victims of circumstance. We want a society that creates the time and space for people to live caring lives. However, whether at work or at home, people are feeling under more pressure and less able to live the rich, fulfilling lives they want. Adam and the Greens have a plan to relieve that pressure, support people where they need it and foster a better quality of life for everyone. 

Getting Dental into Medicare

Because Melbourne voted for Adam in 2010, 3.4 million kids have access to Medicare-funded dental cover. The Greens secured this during negotiations to form the government in 2010. We have a costed plan to get the rest of dental into Medicare by 2018.

Investing in our hospitals

The Greens would invest an extra $1.5 billion in Commonwealth funds into the public hospital system over three years.

Disability Care

Adam and the Greens supported the passage of the disability insurance scheme through Parliament. The Greens will defend and extend Disability Care.

Refugees

Only the Greens have a plan for a safe, practical and humane approach to refugees.

Only Adam Bandt and the Greens have a compassionate and credible policy for refugees.
JULIAN BURNSIDE AO QC

Standing up for refugees

The old parties' race to the bottom on refugees is getting worse. Imprisoning refugees in indefinite detention in Papua New Guinea and other countries, detaining their children, towing boats back, and forcing poverty on refugees won’t save lives. Only the Greens have a plan for a safe, practical and humane approach to refugees.

We agree with refugee experts: the successful regional response to the Vietnam War was the kind of policy that saved lives and made us proud of our role in the world. The Greens’ plan includes boosting processing in Indonesia and Malaysia, increasing our refugee intake to 50,000 and limiting detention to 30 days for health and security checks.

Equality is for Everyone

The Greens believe equality is for everyone, and will fight to outlaw racial discrimination and to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.

Outlawing racial discrimination

The Greens want to see racial discrimination outlawed in our Constitution at the same time as we recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the country's founding document.

Equal love

Who you love is more important than an outdated law. The majority of Australians support marriage equality for same-sex couples. It’s an issue of basic fairness The Greens want to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia and recognise marriages of same-sex couples who marry overseas.

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