Media Releases by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

New Indigenous Housing Maintenance Kit

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Amanda Vanstone, today announced that the Commonwealth would fund the development of a housing maintenance resource kit for Indigenous communities. “The Government is committed to providing a range of responses to improve Indigenous… Continue reading

Let’s Listen to the Kids

Children’s views about the way their parents balance work and family commitments will be highlighted at a one-day national conference officially opened today in Sydney by Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone. Senator Vanstone said the Work… Continue reading

National Advisory Body on Gambling Announced

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Amanda Vanstone, today announced the establishment of the National Advisory Body on Gambling. “The Commonwealth Government is committed to preventing problem gambling and its negative social impacts on the community. This new advisory… Continue reading

Victoria’s Dismal Record on Problem Gambling

On the eve of Friday’s Ministerial Council on Gambling, the Commonwealth’s representative on the Council, Senator Amanda Vanstone, expressed her surprise at the Victorian Gaming Minister’s hypocrisy over the serious issue of problem gambling. “Victoria has one of the worst… Continue reading

Mr Swan Has Policy Deficit Syndrome

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today expressed her disbelief at Labor’s continual willingness to mislead the Australian public on the facts about payments to families. “Labor’s behavior on this issue is shameful,” said Senator Vanstone today… Continue reading

Swan a Serial Scarer – Families are Better Off

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today warned journalists that they should double check information given to them by the Member for Lilley. “Wayne Swan’s claims that large families are worse off under the GST are misleading… Continue reading

Pensions CPI increases

Minister for Family and Community Services, Amanda Vanstone, said today that full indexation was being provided to pensioners and allowees. “Two percent of the March 20, 2001 CPI increase was provided IN ADVANCE, from July 1, 2000 to coincide with… Continue reading

Pension rate breaks the $400 mark

Minister for Family and Community Services, Amanda Vanstone, today announced that the single basic rate of pension would break the $400 a fortnight mark as a result of the March increase to social security rates. Senator Vanstone said more than… Continue reading

Research confirms transgenerational welfare dependence

Newly published research showing that generations of families can be caught in welfare dependency has confirmed the need for welfare reform, Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today. Senator Vanstone said the Federal Government had previously… Continue reading

Increases to Child Care Benefit a Boost for Families

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today announced significant increases to the Commonwealth Child Care Benefit [CCB] for families, as a result of indexation increases from July 1 this year. “Low income families will pay up to… Continue reading

Making it easier to get help and to give it

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Vanstone, announced today an initiative aimed at simplifying the existing administrative requirements and arrangements for new customers when they first access pensions, allowances and ancillary benefits administered by the Department of Family and… Continue reading

Social Security Changes for New Zealanders

Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today detailed new Social Security arrangements for new arrivals moving from New Zealand to Australia. Senator Vanstone said the changes, effective today, would mean people have to first gain permanent residence… Continue reading

Labor divided over pensions

Minister for Family and Community Services, Amanda Vanstone, today said Labor was divided over the impact of GST on pensioners. “While Wayne Swan claims the Government is ‘clawing back’ GST compensation for pensioners, Simon Crean admitted almost a year ago… Continue reading