Media Releases by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Cracking down on wealthy welfare cheats

Minister for Community Service Larry Anthony has announced a pilot program that will identify rich welfare cheats who are double dipping. The program starts on September 1, and will see Centrelink match its data with the Australian Securities Investment Commission… Continue reading

July figures prove preparing for work a success

“Nearly 50,000 job seekers across the country people signed Preparing for Work agreements in July, taking full advantage of the Federal Government’s focus on jobs,” Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony said today. “The new Preparing for Work Agreements, which… Continue reading

Delivering welfare reform

The Government will look at Centrelink’s role as part of the broad approach taken by the Welfare Reform Reference Group in its final report, Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony announced today. “My focus will be on how the Government… Continue reading

Scary labor bogeyman

“As predictable as a Labor recession, the Opposition has started trying to scare the vulnerable over today’s release of the Welfare Reform Reference Group report,” Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, said today. “Devoid of real ideas on welfare reform,… Continue reading

Extra child care available during olympics

Extra child care places will be available temporarily in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory during the Olympics, Federal Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony announced today. “The extended three week school holiday period, combined with those parents… Continue reading

Action against child exploitation

Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today launched Australia’s National Plan of Action Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Tomorrow’s Children. Mr Anthony speaking at the 2000 World Forum Conference, Children First in the New Millennium, said the plan… Continue reading

Labor will axe 4,000 jobs

“Labor will cut 4,000 Centrelink staff if it wins Government at the next election,” said Community Services Minister Larry Anthony today. “Kim Beazley should come clean about Labor’s plans for Centrelink, with a newspaper report from Labor’s recent conference showing… Continue reading

New South Australia child care places

Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today announced funding for an extra 267 child care places in South Australia. Mr Anthony said the places would be spread across seven outside school hours care services. “These additional places will allow… Continue reading

Labor steals childcare policies

“There is nothing new in Labor’s bleating about helping Australians balance work and family – bereft of ideas the Opposition has resorted to stealing Government policies again,” said Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony. “Despite Labor’s claims, the Australian Bureau… Continue reading

$26.017m for people in crisis

More than $26 million for families and individuals in short-term financial crisis was announced today by Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony. Mr Anthony said the Emergency Relief Program funding for this financial year had increased by $1 million,… Continue reading

Support for national indigenous family violence strategy

Commonwealth, State and Territory Community Services Ministers gave their formal support for a national strategy on indigenous family violence at the New Zealand and Australian Community Services Ministers meeting in Wellington, New Zealand today. Federal Minister for Community Services Larry… Continue reading

Extra $510m for unmet disability needs

Over the next two years an additional $510 million will be provided to help address unmet need for disability services, Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony announced today. Mr Anthony made the announcement at the meeting of Ministers responsible… Continue reading

Extra child care places for Queensland

Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today announced funding for an extra 970 outside school hours care places in Queensland. Mr Anthony said ongoing funding of $487,116 had been made available to 36 vacation care and before and after-school… Continue reading

New Centrelink board appointments

Mr John Pascoe AM and Mr Don Fraser have been appointed Centrelink’s new chairman and non executive director. “Mr Pascoe and Mr Fraser bring significant private sector experience with expertise in corporate strategy and planning,” said Minister for Community Services… Continue reading

Extra funding for disability employment

Nearly $5 million in extra funding to help people with disabilities find work was announced today by Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony. Mr Anthony made the announcement in his opening speech to the ACROD 2000 Employment Forum in… Continue reading

$1.5 Million to assist job-seekers with disabilities

More than $1.5 million will be spent across the three eastern states to encourage private organisations to provide more employment opportunities for people with disabilities, Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony announced today. “This funding will make available more… Continue reading

Children’s program for desert communities

Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today announced more than $460,000 would be spent developing innovative children and family services for Aboriginal communities in the desert regions of Central Australia. “The Aboriginal Child Rearing Strategy is the first early… Continue reading

Preparing for work a success

“The Federal Government’s focus on jobs and preparing job seekers for work is proving a success,” Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony said today. “And with the new Preparing for Work Agreements, which started last Monday, the results are only… Continue reading

New service to simplify family assistance

More than 560 Family Assistance Offices (FAO) will open around Australia today, providing families with easier access to the enhanced family assistance payments being introduced as part of the New Tax System. Launching the Queensland service at the Centrelink office… Continue reading

Action on child care payment delays

All families will receive their full entitlements within two weeks of July 1 under the new Child Care Benefit, despite a child care service assessment notice problem, Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony said today. Mr Anthony acknowledged there was… Continue reading

Olympics jobs still available

“More than 5,000 job seekers have found work in Sydney since March, thanks to the Centrelink’s Gateway 2000 offices and the Job Network,” the Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony said today. “Centrelink’s Gateway 2000 offices are working with the… Continue reading

New Doomadgee Child And Family Support Service

The remote north-western indigenous community of Doomadgee will receive more than $500,000 for a new multifunctional child and family support service, Federal Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony announced today. “Currently there are no community-based centres within Doomadgee that deliver… Continue reading