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From: “Redman, Chris (Sen R. Siewert)” <Chris.Redman@aph.gov.au>
Sent: Friday, August 20, 2010 12:11 PM
Subject: [GreensMPs_Media] Greens welcome call for a ten year poverty plan
> Friday 20 August, 2010
> Greens welcome call for a ten year poverty plan
> The Australian Greens today welcomed a call by the major church
> providers for the next government of Australia to work with community
> services to develop a 10 year plan to tackle poverty.
> “There is a pressing need for a long-term and comprehensive approach to
> reducing disadvantage in the Australian community,” said Greens social
> inclusion spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert today.
> “The Greens welcome this initiative and are keen to work with welfare
> groups and whichever party forms government to make this vision a
> “As advocates with the best interests of disadvantaged Australian
> families at heart, we need to step out of the short-term political
> cycle, put adversarial politics aside, and work together to deliver a
> fairer and more inclusive Australia.
> “Housing affordability and homelessness, early intervention services for
> mental illness, a fairer and simpler social safety net, access to basic
> dental care, and more support for the rights of Indigenous Australians
> to equal access to health, education and economic development
> opportunities – have always been priorities for The Greens,” said
> Senator Siewert.
> “Disadvantage and social exclusion lie at the heart of many of our
> societal ills – including poorer education, job, chronic health and
> mental health prospects.
> “The Greens believe a fairer society means a society that is more
> dynamic and prosperous. Lets all work together to make it happen,”
> concluded Senator Siewert.
> The major church providers are: Uniting Care, Catholic Social Services,
> Anglicare and The Salvation Army
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