Media Releases by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Victorian Government Fails People With Disabilities

Ms Bronwyn Pike, the Victorian Disabilities Minister, is failing people with disabilities in Victoria 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 to… Continue reading

NSW Government Fails People With Disabilities

Ms Carmel Tebbutt, the New South Wales Disabilities Minister, is failing people with disabilities in New South Wales by choosing to play politics rather than committing to a new five year disability agreement. The Commonwealth has offered an extra $125… Continue reading

Llewellyn Wrong on Disability Funding

Mr David Llewellyn, the Tasmanian Disabilities Minister, is dead wrong when he asserts that the Commonwealth’s offer for the next Commonwealth State and Territory Disability Agreement is a reduction in federal funding. The reverse is true. The Commonwealth has offered… Continue reading

NT Government Fails People With Disabilities

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

SA Government fails people with disabilities

Ms Stephanie Key, the South Australian Disabilities Minister, is failing people with disabilities in South 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

Boost to pension and adult benefit rates

Over 3.9 million pensioners and adults receiving income support will benefit from a rise in pension and adult benefit rates from 20 September 2002. The boost to payments is due to a rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for… Continue reading

PM’s Employer of the Year Awards – Victoria

I want to congratulate the state and territory winners of the 2001 Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Awards. All of the winners have shown tremendous commitment to employing people with disabilities and are reaping the rewards. In Victoria, the… Continue reading

PM’s Employer of the Year Awards – Tasmania

I want to congratulate the state and territory winners of the 2001 Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Awards. All of the winners have shown tremendous commitment to employing people with disabilities and are reaping the rewards. In Tasmania, the… Continue reading

PM’s Employer of the Year Awards – ACT

I want to congratulate the state and territory winners of the 2001 Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Awards. All of the winners have shown tremendous commitment to employing people with disabilities and are reaping the rewards. In the Australian… Continue reading

Welfare Cheat Taken to the Cleaners

A tip-off that was then followed up by a quality Centrelink investigation has led to the sentencing of a Newcastle woman for defrauding the Commonwealth of more than $64,000 today. The 52-year-old woman, who resides near Kurri Kurri, pleaded guilty… Continue reading

ACOSS inadvertently misleads

ACOSS should have checked its figures before making embarrassing claims about increases in breaches in today’s media. The facts are that on ACOSS’s own estimate of breach numbers for 2001-02, there were one-third fewer breach penalties compared to 2000-01. ACOSS… Continue reading

Community and Business Getting Together

I am pleased to acknowledge the release of the report, ‘Mutual Benefit – Community and Business Getting Together’ that focuses on partnerships in the disability sector between not-for-profit organisations and business. The report provides valuable information on partnership types existing… Continue reading

Families Want Long Term Security

“Like generations of parents before them, parents today want to give their children more than they had,” Senator Vanstone said today. For people who grew up under rampant competitive consumerism this is no easy task. Clearly, families want to have… Continue reading

Fraudster’s evasive efforts futile

A Tasmanian man who tried to evade a summons to appear in court by faking a move interstate was sentenced to 10 months jail in the Devonport Magistrates Court today. The man’s bid to defraud the Commonwealth was thwarted by… Continue reading