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More money earlier: Greens launch plan to lower age pension age back to 65 and increase pension rate

Greens Welfare spokesperson Senator Janet Rice and Queensland Lead Senate candidate Penny Allman-Payne will today in Brisbane announce the Greens’ fully-costed plan to return the retirement age back down from 67 to 65 and grant every Australian Earlier Access to the Age Pension.

This comes in addition to the Greens' recently announced commitment to raise the rate of the pension to $88 a day.

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Colbeck must go, for-profit aged care ended

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, has backed Labor’s call for Aged Care Minister, Richard Colbeck, to resign, and called for an end to the dismal failure of running aged care for profit.

The Greens also reiterated their support for wage rises in the sector. In July, the Greens publicly backed the Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the Health Services Union push for an increase to aged care workers’ pay saying current wages are insulting. 

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Research shows 260,000 Australians at risk of slipping below the poverty line

The Greens have released new research showing up to 260,000 single parents, students and jobseekers in locked-down states of NSW, Victoria and SA who are barred from emergency lockdown payments could lose hundreds of dollars a week and slip below the poverty line.

The Greens are calling on the Morrison government to reinstate JobSeeker at $1,100 a fortnight and reintroduce JobKeeper.

Quotes attributable to Greens Leader Adam Bandt:

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Mr Morrison must stop bullying people on income support

The Greens have said that Mr Morrison’s continued attacks on people on income support is cruel and demonising of people in our community who are doing it the toughest.

Greens Leader Adam Bandt said that his electorate of Melbourne was one of the hardest hit by every reduction to JobSeeker, and that Scott Morrison's actions demonstrated he didn't care about the genuine causes of unemployment.

Lines from Leader of the Australian Greens and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP:

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Blocked vaccine shipment makes the case for domestic production

The Greens say that halted shipments of Astra Zeneca vaccines from Europe show the risks of relying on international supply chains to inoculate Australians, extending their call for the government to establish a publicly-owned vaccine production centre.

News of a quarter of a million doses due for Australia being blocked has exposed the risks caused by the privatisation and winding down of Australia’s domestic vaccine production capabilities over decades.

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Billions in aged care profits must go to care instead

Greens Leader Adam Bandt says the first stop for funding needed improvements to aged care in the wake of the Royal Commission, should be to take billions of dollars being grafted out of the system in profits and spend it on more staff instead.
 
“Already we’re hearing a government start laying the groundwork for putting the needed reforms in the ‘too expensive’ basket, but there’s over a billion dollars in low-hanging fruit if the government unwinds privatisation and stops subsidising the profits of big corporations” Greens Leader Adam Bandt said.
 

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Morrison spins aged care royal commission but avoids the big issue - privatisation has failed

Greens Leader, Adam Bandt together with Greens Aged Care spokesperson Rachel Siewert have responded to the Prime Minister’s press conference about the long-awaited Royal Commission into Aged Care.
 
“What’s clear is that privatisation has failed older Australians. The 1997 Howard reforms have led to decades of disaster for aged care,” Bandt said.
 

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JobKeeper retention, not tax cuts, as Greens to move in Senate to block JobKeeper reduction

With JobKeeper payments set to drop from Monday 28 September, the Australian Greens have today released Parliamentary Budget Office-backed analysis showing it would cost less to continue JobKeeper at its current rate through to March 2021 than to bring forward tax cuts for high income earners by even one year, as is reportedly being considered in the upcoming Budget. 

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Morrison must take responsibility for Aged Care debacle: Greens

The Greens say evidence given to the Royal Commission into Aged Care and statements of the Prime Minister have become utterly contradictory. 

“The aged care disaster in Australia lands squarely at Scott Morrison’s doorstep,” Greens Leader, Adam Bandt said.

“The Greens, aged care advocates and now the special council to the Royal Commission have pointed out, in no uncertain terms, that this was a predictable outcome of government inaction and neglect."

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