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COVID-19 response from Disability Reform Council "appalling": Greens

Thursday 19 March, 2020

Australian Greens disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has described the COAG Disability Reform Council's (DRC) response to COVID-19 as appalling

Senator Steele-John has called on the DRC to act with more urgency, and provide more clarity about the impacts COVID-19 will have on disabled people, our families and our support networks.

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COVID-19: Government must implement comprehensive action plan for disabled people

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called on the government to implement a comprehensive action plan to ensure that everyone in the community has access to the right information and the appropriate supports to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

"Many people across our communities, especially disabled people and others who are at risk, are feeling worried and uncertain about the impacts the COVID-19 crisis could have on them and the people they love," Steele-John said.

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Disabled people need government to act on Royal Commission privacy

Monday, 2 March 2020

The Disability Royal Commission has formally written to the government on 14 February, 2020, asking them to legislate for the identity of witnesses, and the privacy of their information, to be protected beyond April 2022 - the end date of the Commission -  officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet revealed today in estimates.

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Blind & vision-impaired Australians celebrate audio description on public broadcasters

 

Tuesday 17th December 2019

Our blind and vision-impaired communities are celebrating today, after years of campaigning alongside the Greens, that audio description will be made available on Australia's public broadcasters: the ABC and SBS.

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said there are more than 450,000 blind or vision-impaired Australians who are currently unable to enjoy television with friends and family, or reap the medium's educational potential.

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MYEFO: MORE THAN 90% OF BUDGET SURPLUS IS DUE TO A STRUCTURAL UNDERSPEND IN THE NDIS

Monday 16th December 

Australian Greens Disability Rights & Services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said the vast majority of the government's reduced budget surplus of $5.1 billion - announced today in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook - was coming from a structural underspend in the NDIS.

"This is a government who is boasting about balancing their books on the backs of disabled people and our families," Steele-John said today.

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INFLUENCE OF GAS INDUSTRY ON OUR UNIVERSITIES, STATE GOVERNMENT A BLOCKER FOR CLIMATE ACTION IN WA

Monday 2nd December, 2019

The Australian Greens have slammed a partnership between the University of Western Australia (UWA), and gas giants Chevron and Woodside - worth $600,000 per year - to expand WA's gas industry as inconsistent with the urgent need to respond to the climate crisis.

Senator for WA Jordon Steele-John said the partnership to "improve tiebacks" - connections between new oil and gas fields and existing production facilities - facilitated the expansion of a polluting industry right at the very moment we should be investing in ways to phase it out.

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Australian Greens to move amendments to FTA implementing legislation

The Australian Greens will move amendments to the Customs Amendment (Growing Australian Export Opportunities Across the Asia-Pacific) Bill 2019 to increase the transparency of trade negotiations, exclude Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) provisions and ensure that protecting human rights, workers and our environment is at the heart of how Australia engages with our region, and the world.

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Australian Greens launch campaign to remove corporate influence from Australian War Memorial

The Australian Greens have today launched a campaign to get rid of corporate influence from the Australian War Memorial.

Australian Greens Peace and Disarmament spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said The Australian War Memorial is a vital national space of learning and reflection, not a billboard for corporate arms dealers.

"The War Memorial is where our community comes to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict, share stories with those who’ve survived and reflect on the importance of creating a world free from violence," he said.

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