Media Releases by The Hon Christian Porter

One-off payment for 3.8 million pensioners

The Turnbull Government will today introduce legislation to provide 3.8 million people a one-off payment to help meet the cost of living. The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Energy Assistance Payment and Pensioner Concession Cards) Bill 2017 provides the one-off payment… Continue reading

Bill’s sums don’t add up

Bill Shorten claims there is no funding hole in the NDIS while simultaneously promising a tax increase to fill it. Bill, if there’s no hole in the NDIS funding, why are you proposing a permanent tax increase to fill it?… Continue reading

Bowen and Macklin on Bill’s bob each way bandwagon

Labor’s Chris Bowen and Jenny Macklin are today still in denial about funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, despite the overwhelming evidence that Labor never fully-funded it. They claim: “The NDIS is already fully-funded.” Deloitte Access economist, Chris Richardson,… Continue reading

A fairer welfare system that supports more people into work

The Turnbull Government is embarking on a comprehensive reform of Australia’s working-age welfare payments, guaranteeing the essential services that Australians rely on. The reforms involve multiple, substantive and co-ordinated changes across the Social Services, Employment and Human Services portfolios. These… Continue reading

$10 million helping hand for Australia’s volunteers

Nearly 100,000 volunteers will benefit from $10 million in Australian Government grants for small community organisations. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, announced today that almost 2,700 organisations would receive a grant to support the work of their volunteers. “Volunteers… Continue reading

Further Strengthening No Jab, No Pay

The Turnbull Government believes there is no excuse for parents who, without a valid medical reason, choose not to immunise their children. These parents are not only putting their own children’s health at risk, but the health of every other… Continue reading

Grants to highlight the benefits of philanthropic partnerships

Community organisations can now apply for a share of $160,000 in Commonwealth Government funding for projects that showcase their philanthropic partnerships. In opening the grants round today, Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said that community organisations working with philanthropic… Continue reading

Welfare reform delivers better childcare

Passage of the Government’s Omnibus Welfare Bill delivers the capacity to provide much needed support to Australian families through more affordable and accessible child care. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, thanked cross bench senators who worked with the Government… Continue reading

No change to minimum welfare payments

“An article in News Ltd papers today, citing a departmental document, in regard to minimum payments in the welfare system, is wrong,” Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said today. “A minimum payment floor will not be applied and there… Continue reading

“Disgusting” union campaign against 1800RESPECT

“The Australian Services Union campaign against the Medibank Health Solution’s 1800RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service Hotline is amongst the most disgusting and misleading campaigns I have ever seen,” Minister for Social services, Christian Porter, said today.… Continue reading

NDIS Savings Fund passes House of Representatives

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, today welcomed the passage of legislation to establish a dedicated fund to meet future costs associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Bill to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special… Continue reading

Omnibus Bill through to further Senate Negotiation

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, welcomed the passage through the House of Representatives of the Government’s Omnibus Welfare Bill. “The passage of the Omnibus Bill through the House represents the necessary step to further negotiation in the Senate to… Continue reading

$23 million to help homeless youth

Young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless across Australia will benefit from the Government’s decision to extend funding agreements for the youth homelessness programme, Reconnect. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, and Assistant Minister for Social… Continue reading

Updated Social Security Agreement for Australia and Austria

An updated social security agreement between Australia and Austria will take effect from March 2017. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said under existing arrangements, our Social Security Agreement with Austria currently generates pension flows from Austria to Australia of… Continue reading

Shorten flounders on Labor’s commitment to NDIS

Labor’s failure to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been exposed as Bill Shorten floundered to explain Labor’s funding commitments for the Scheme when in Government. In 2013 Labor claimed it would fill a funding gap for the… Continue reading