Media Releases by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

Women awarded in celebration of Australia Day

Australian women have been honoured for their outstanding contributions and services to the Australian and international community on Australia Day 2006. Senator Kay Patterson today congratulated the winners as her final duty in her role of the Minister Assisting the… Continue reading

Resignation from Ministry

I wish to announce that yesterday I advised the Prime Minister that I am resigning from the Cabinet as I do not intend to contest the next election. With the next election not due for two years I have considered… Continue reading

$2.6 million to Help Community Child Care Centres

The Howard Government has committed an additional $2.6 million to upgrade essential services in not-for-profit community-based long day care centres, the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson said today. The funding comes from the $226 million Child… Continue reading

STaR to support child care in Sydney

 A project helping children with special needs to access up to 12 mainstream child care services in west and south-western Sydney will receive $549,834 from the Howard Government’s Early Childhood – Invest to Growinitiative. The Minister for Family and Community… Continue reading

Carers, Youth and Students to get Increases

About 780,000 students, youth, carers and people with a disability are set to get allowance and payment increases ranging from $44.20 to $278.20 a year from The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Brendan Nelson, the Minister for Family and… Continue reading

Australia and Norway sign new social security agreement

The Howard Government has signed a new social security agreement with Norway, providing access to pensions to some of Australia’s migrant community. The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today signed the new agreement with the Norwegian… Continue reading

Howard Government funds Relationship Clearinghouse

The Howard Government will deliver $800,000 over two years to establish the Family Relationship Clearinghouse which will collect and deliver the latest relevant research and best practice to family relationship services and practitioners across Australia. The Minister for Family and… Continue reading

Snapshot of Australia’s Welfare

The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson, today officially released the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australia’s Welfare 2005. Senator Patterson said this report featured a more detailed chapter on children, youth and families and one… Continue reading

Plibersek out of date and out of time

Shadow Minister, Tanya Plibersek has again shown her lack of understanding of child care by using out of date data to cover for the fact that Labor has no child care policy. Ms Plibersek is out of date and out… Continue reading

Road map for our children’s future

Most Australian children are developing well by the time they start school, according to results launched today from the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI). The Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Kay Patterson said the results showed that over… Continue reading