Media Releases by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Swanning around but still no idea

Wayne Swan just doesn’t get it. Everyone understands that in the tax system (based on annual taxable income) there will be refunds and debts for many, so in the new family system we will have top-ups and overpayments. Just when… Continue reading

Queensland raid catches welfare fraudsters

Nine Newstart payments were cancelled and 151 customers will have their payments reviewed, in a crackdown on welfare fraud in Stanthorpe, Queensland, today. A joint operation was conducted this morning with the Queensland Police Service, Centrelink and the Department of… Continue reading

NSW seniors miss out on hundreds of $’s

I am urging the New South Wales Minister for Community Services, Faye Lo Po’, to follow the example of her South Australian counterpart, Dean Brown, and join with the Commonwealth to ensure that NSW Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) holders… Continue reading

VIC seniors missing out on hundreds of $’s

I am urging the Victorian Minister for Family and Community Services, Christine Campbell, to follow the example of her South Australian counterpart, Dean Brown, and join with the Commonwealth to ensure that Victorian Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) holders gain… Continue reading

Bracks needs to monitor and supervise Campbell

The forced admission by Christine Campbell that she in fact knew that chroming was taking place in residential care destroys any shred of her remaining credibility as a minister in touch with her portfolio and the community. Her press conference… Continue reading

New pilot program preventing family homelessness

Today’s announcement outlines the detail of a new $5 million family homelessness pilot program that will help up to 1000 families over the next three years. The Family Homelessness Prevention Pilot (FHPP) will run in every State and Territory, and… Continue reading

Honouring Women

The Honouring Women initiative was launched by the Prime Minister on Australia Day 2001. It is a network of 27 high-profile female ambassadors – led by Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and the Hon Joan Kirner AM – who spread the message… Continue reading

Acknowledging Australia’s most innovative employers

The Prime Minister’s Employer of the Year Awards recognise the many innovative employers who provide job opportunities for people living with disabilities in Australia. The national awards are open to all businesses employing people with disabilities and advertisements for nominations… Continue reading

In Touch Program Reunites Families and Friends

Centrelink’s In Touch program last year received 1,730 requests to help ‘missing people’ get back in touch with their loved ones and friends. “In Touch also helps members of the community wishing to find family or friends who they have… Continue reading

Last chance to arrange trusts

Today I am pleased to announce a three-month extension for people who want to transfer control of their private trusts or private companies, before social security deprivation provisions are applied. For people who haven’t understood the changes to the treatment… Continue reading

Centrelink Arrangements over Christmas in SA

Centrelink makes special arrangements every Christmas to ensure customers are not disadvantaged by the holidays. Payments that are made automatically to customers will not be delayed by the holidays. These payments will be made early if they fall on a… Continue reading

Let’s Broaden The Welfare Debate – Not Dumb It Down

I am very pleased today to launch the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare’s fifth biennial report, Australia’s Welfare 2001. The Report is a comprehensive examination of Australia’s welfare services. Importantly, the Report does not try to over simplify the… Continue reading

SA Local Government a National Award winner

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today congratulated the Coorong District Council, SA, on its success in the National Awards for Innovation in Local Government, announced this week. The Coorong Communication Project won an overall award and… Continue reading

Smith Family Report on Poverty

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today welcomed the release of the Smith Family’s report on poverty, but urged caution in considering its conclusion that more Australians are in poverty. “While the Smith Family report, prepared by… Continue reading

Swan ‘The Serial Misleader’ Strikes Again

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today expressed her surprise of how desperate the Labor Party had become. “Without any strong leadership, Labor can only resort to sneaky and misleading statements in attempt to scare some… Continue reading

Acknowledging Older Australians and Groovy Grannies

Australian kids can help to celebrate International Day of Older Persons by entering their favourite story or picture about their grandparent in a special competition, Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today. “There are many different… Continue reading

New vision for early childhood services in Australia

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released a new report calling for a national vision and a framework to improve early childhood services in Australia. “The “Beyond 2001–Child Care for Australia” report shows that early childhood… Continue reading