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Bankstown rally against income management: Campaign steps up a notch

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Lee Rhiannon 6 Feb 2012

Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Lee Rhiannon a hosting a public rally in Bankstown against plans to expand income management.

When: 4 – 5.30pm, Sunday 12 February 2012
Where: Paul Keating Park, Bankstown         

Speakers include: Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Lee Rhiannon, Paddy Gibson Stop The Intervention Collective spokesperson, Rebecca Kay Local Activist, Aunty Margaret Goneis Chairperson Bankstown City Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, Aunty Minnie Mace Aboriginal Elder, Auburn Greens Councillor Malikeh Michels.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said: “Compulsory income management targets the most vulnerable in our community. It is paternalistic social policy without a shred of positive evidence to back it up.

“The Labor government should be wiping this failed policy off the books, not expanding it in Bankstown.

“I look forward to joining the rally and meeting the tradition owners and local campaigners in Bankstown,” said Senator Siewert.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “Momentum against welfare quarantining is really building in Bankstown. It is a punitive approach that will only dehumanise the people caught in its net and waste government money.

“The Gillard government would have to be deaf not to hear the calls against income management growing louder in Bankstown,” said Senator Rhiannon.

Flyer with details available for download here.

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