Media Releases by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Labor Locked Into Doom And Gloom Role

It’s a pity in the lead up to Christmas and the Festive Season that Labor is still locked in to its a role as the soothsayer of doom and gloom. The claim by Wayne Swan that there is “fundamental reordering”… Continue reading

Centrelink arrangements over Christmas and New Year

With over six million customers, the important work that Centrelink undertakes has a big impact on the lives of many Australians. Over the Christmas and New Year’s period, Centrelink puts in place special arrangements to ensure that its customers continue… Continue reading

Social Security Agreement Signed With Slovenia

A Social Security Agreement between Australia and the Republic of Slovenia has been signed in Vienna today by the Australian Ambassador in Vienna, His Excellency Max Hughes, and the Slovenian Ambassador, His Excellency Ernest Petric. This Agreement represents an important… Continue reading

Drought assistance extended to more communities

More Australian families affected by the crippling drought can now apply for payments through Centrelink. The Government has extended the areas where help will be available to those suffering a 1 in 20 year drought event and where there is… Continue reading

Next Stage of Welfare Reform: Building a Simpler System

Today the Government releases a consultation paper on the proposed reform of the income support system for working-age people. Building a simpler system to help jobless families and individuals outlines issues in promoting participation and improving incentives to work. It… Continue reading

Absolutely No Increase In Pension Age

The Government has absolutely no intention of increasing the qualifying age for the aged pension. Any reports of a secret agenda to the contrary are simply wrong. The recommendation in question was not requested by the Government nor had it… Continue reading

12 Months Non-Parole for $100,000 Welfare Fraud

An attempt to steal more than $100,000 from taxpayers has today resulted in jail for a Victorian man, thanks to a collaborative effort by Centrelink and the Australian Tax Office. The 35-year-old man from Reservoir, Victoria was sentenced to more… Continue reading

Swan needs to take a deep breath

Yesterday Mr Swan’s colleagues made their views of his “cleverly crafted words” crystal clear. Senator Cook suggested that Mr Swan “should take a deep breath” and Mr Fitzgibbon said that more “straight talking” was needed. Just twenty four hours later,… Continue reading

Social Security Agreement Signed With Belgium

The Government has today further widened the social security safety net by signing a Social Security Agreement with the Kingdom of Belgium. The new agreement was signed with Her Excellency Mrs Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Belgian Federal Minister and Deputy for Foreign… Continue reading

Australia Signs Social Security MOU With Indonesia

The Memorandum of Understanding that I am signing today with Indonesia’s Minister for Manpower and Transmigration, His Excellency Mr Jacob Nuwa Wea, highlights the high international regard held for Australia’s social security system. This is the first time my portfolio… Continue reading

New Web Resources for Families and Communities

As part of eGovernment Week, two websites are being launched that will put a host of relevant government resources right at the fingertips of Australian families and communities. The Families and Communities Portals will provide a central point for families… Continue reading

Local Government Awards for Community Services

I want to congratulate the seven local councils that have been recognised for their dedication to building stronger communities in the 2002 National Awards for Local Government, announced today in Alice Springs. The National Awards for Local Government are a… Continue reading