Media Releases by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Disability Agreement Ready To Be Signed

State and Territory Disability Ministers appear to be deliberately holding up settling a third Commonwealth State and Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA). In doing so, the State and Territory Ministers are holding up increased Commonwealth funding that could already be flowing… Continue reading

New Web Site to Help Bali Victims and Families

A new web site is now online to give Bali victims and their families a central point of information that contains all of the financial assistance and government services available to them. The website will offer a range of information… Continue reading

Government Help for Bali Victims and Families

The Howard Government is committed to helping Australians affected by the Bali bombings and will cover all reasonable expenses associated with the tragedy for victims and their immediate families. Centrelink is the central contact point for information about the help… Continue reading

Commonwealth offers landmark housing deal

At today’s meeting with State and Territory Housing Ministers in Hobart I issued a challenge to the State and Territory governments by offering a new, landmark housing deal, including a $223 million increase in funding from the Commonwealth. I made… Continue reading

Carers Week

Carers Week will be celebrated from 20-26 October 2002. The theme is ‘Are You a Family Carer?’ with the focus being on reaching hidden carers throughout the Australian community. There are approximately 2.3 million carers all over Australia. Some are… Continue reading

Centrelink Wins National Call Centre Award

Centrelink has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading organisations, outdoing the toughest private sector competition in the nation to win the coveted Teleservices Centre of the Year, in the 50 staff or more category. Centrelink Liverpool Call Centre was… Continue reading

Disability Funding – the next steps

If today’s Communique represents a genuine start by the States and Territories to detail their five year funding commitments, then I welcome it. The Commonwealth has been waiting since June for such a move. Obviously, the collective pledge in the… Continue reading

Groundhog Day? Swan wrong again… and again…

Wayne Swan’s criticism of the Family Tax Benefit changes demonstrates that he completely misunderstands what we are planning to do. He either hasn’t properly read what we are planning to do or simply doesn’t understand the fundamentals of the system.… Continue reading

Wayne Swan Wrong Again

The Family Tax Benefit changes announced yesterday give families greater choice over how they receive their payments. Families’ entitlements have not been changed. No one will be worse off. Under the Family Tax Benefit system, every family gets exactly what… Continue reading

Taxi rank raid on welfare cheats

Centrelink has cancelled, suspended or reduced the welfare payments of 25 people following a swoop on taxi drivers completed in Brisbane this morning. The two-day joint operation, involving Centrelink, the Department of Immigration and Muliticultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) and… Continue reading

Queensland Government Fails People With Disabilities

Ms Judy Spence, the Queensland Disabilities Minister, is failing people with disabilities in Queensland by choosing to play politics rather than committing to a new five year disability agreement. The Commonwealth has offered an extra $125 million over five years… Continue reading

WA Government Fails People With Disabilities

Ms Sheila McHale, the Western Australian Disabilities Minister, is failing people with disabilities in Western Australia by choosing to play politics rather than committing to a new five year disability agreement. The Commonwealth has offered an extra $125 million over… Continue reading

ACT Government Fails People With Disabilities

Mr Jon Stanhope, the ACT Disabilities Minister, is failing people with disabilities in the ACT by choosing to play politics rather than committing to a new five year disability agreement. The Commonwealth has offered an extra $125 million over five… Continue reading