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The adequacy of the disability pension will be scrutinized thanks to the Greens. A Senate committee will review the purpose, intent and adequacy of the disability support pension, with the intention of reporting back by the end of November. The upper house on Thursday accepted the motion of Green Senator Rachel Siewert, setting up the investigation. “There have been a series of changes and cost-saving measures in recent years that have reduced the number of people who can access the disability support program,” she said in a statement. “Since then, there has been a sharp drop in the number of people applying for and being approved for PSD.” These changes have also resulted in a significant increase in the number of people sick and disabled on other payments and facing the system. JobActive and Disability Employment Services. One of the questions that senators can consider is whether the payments allow people to maintain an acceptable standard of living in accordance with the expectations of the community. The general mandate also includes checking whether the pension can help a disabled person to find fixed-term, sustainable and suitable employment. Australian Associated Press



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