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Antoinette Braybrook says #ParentsNext is another attempt to "income manage" for First Nations people. Data shows ATSI people have been disproportionately impacted by payment suspensions #auspol
Human Rights Commission president Rosalind Croucher says the AHRC is “gravely concerned” about compulsory and punitive approach of #ParentsNext. She says program is not compliant with Australia’s human rights obligations and has not been shown to meet its stated goals. #auspol
deleted and reposted tweet about Croucher's comments as I misstated her title
Jennifer Lim from the AHRC says the commission is worried the program will exacerbate poverty and inequality #auspol
.@cassandragoldie says @ACOSS "is vehemently opposed to this nasty and punitive program". #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Goldie: "We cannot allow a federal election to ... allow this to be kicked down the road." #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Victoria Haggerston, a #ParentsNext program manager at the Brotherhood of St Laurence says staff are spending too much of their time on the compliance framework #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Marion Bennett of Mission Australia talks about the heavily pregnant woman who had her payments suspended because she was rushed to hospital and could report #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Brotherhood of St Laurence and Mission Australia say their caseload sizes have increased since #parentsnext was rolled out nationally #auspol
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Correction to typo in previous tweet: Marion Bennett of Mission Australia talks about the heavily pregnant woman who had her payments suspended because she was rushed to hospital and could NOT report #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Goldie: "The design of this program from the federal government was premised on the deficit model, 'these are parents who need to be fixed'." #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS I post this just to note the stark difference between rhetoric of the aggrieved attendees at the #FrankingCredits and those at this #parentsnext inquiry today #auspol
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS I can confirm there has also been no yelling or fights here
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS .@cassandragoldie says: "At the heart of this we are dealing with a level of misogyny and discrimination against women." #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS .@cassandragoldie notes 95% of participants are women, and most are single, and adds: "The moralising that goes on about "that kind of lifestyle" has been in this country for far too long ... It has to stop." #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Peter Defteros of Jobs Australia, which represents non-profit providers, says payment suspensions through the compliance system are essentially automated #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Asked about positive impacts of the program, NESA says there have been improvements to social connections, people placed into education and training etc #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Personnel Group tells #parentsnext inquiry about case of a young mother who left school early and was supported into literacy classes by the program. She is now able to read to her two young daughters herself, rather than rely on an iPad #auspol
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Personnel Group tells #parentsnext inquiry the biggest barrier to success is the targeted compliance framework #auspol
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS A provider tells the inquiry providers receive $600 for six months, per #parentsnext participant. There are no outcome fees. #auspol
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Asked about some participants having qualifications, Personnel Group says they have people referred to #parentsnext who are studying PHDs. They say: "You're all more qualified to help yourselves than we ever could be." #auspol
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS The departments of Jobs, DHS and Social services are here now. Jobs Dept's Nathan Smyth arguing that Australia is at lower end of OECD workforce participation for those aged 25-54. He says the rate is 54.7% for single mothers. #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Smyth argues the program is "supportive and family friendly". He says requirements are "not onerous". #auspol #estimates
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Welfare conditionality is part of a "compact with the Australian people" and a bipartisan commitment, Smyth says #auspol #estimates
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS Siewert reckons Smyth is filibustering (my analysis of her comments) and asks him to table his opening statement which is going very long, she says. #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS .@MurrayWatt elicits from the department that evaluation was handed to government about a year after the Coalition decided to expand #parentsnext nationally #auspol
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS @MurrayWatt Heated exchange between @SenatorSiewert and Dept official. Siewert says parents being told to take photos of themselves at activities as proof. Official says that's not in the guidelines. "But that’s what’s happening!" Siewert says. #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS @MurrayWatt @SenatorSiewert Dept of Jobs official Greg Manning says it is not compulsory for women to sign a privacy waiver. I reported earlier this month that women said they were forced to theguardian.com/australia-news… #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS @MurrayWatt @SenatorSiewert Dept of Jobs' Nathan Smyth says people feeling pressured to sign is "not acceptable" #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS @MurrayWatt @SenatorSiewert DHS confirms that in many cases providers are asked to grant exemptions for DV survivors, rather than Centrelink #auspol #parentsnext
@cassandragoldie @ACOSS @MurrayWatt @SenatorSiewert Dept of Jobs says: 82% of people who've received a temporary suspension have had "no impact on their income support because they’ve been re-engaged within the fortnight". #auspol #parentsnext
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