Media Releases by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Swan misleads on Centrelink concession cards

Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Wayne Swan, needs to clarify his double standard on cancelling the concession cards of people who are no longer entitled to them. The Government takes seriously its responsibility to taxpayers to ensure benefits… Continue reading

Young Indigenous leaders to advise Government

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today announced this year’s members of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group (NIYLG). “Fifteen Indigenous leaders aged between 18 and 24 years have been chosen to speak with and advise the… Continue reading

Providing parents with information

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today released the Parenting Information Project report prepared by the Centre for Community Child Health on the importance of providing parenting information that targets parents, professionals and the community “The report has… Continue reading

Applications open for a parenting information website

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today announced that the Australian Government is calling for applications from interested organisations to develop and deliver a website as part of the Early Childhood – Invest to Grow Initiative. “The Parenting… Continue reading

12,900 extra child care places for Queensland

Queensland families are set to benefit from an additional 12,960 child care places to help them with the care of their children before and after school hours and during school holidays, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony announced… Continue reading

Big steps towards a Healthy, Active Australia

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony welcomed today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of a $116 million package over four years to address the growing incidence of childhood overweight and obesity. “The Building a Healthy, Active Australia package… Continue reading

Donations to Playgroups to be Tax Deductible

 In addition to the tax exempt status that playgroups already enjoy, from today Playgroup Australia and its affiliated state associations will also be granted deductible gift recipient status, Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Senator Helen Coonan, and Minister for… Continue reading

Recognising young people who go Above and Beyond

 A new resource kit launched today by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, will help organisations recognise the skills and achievements of young people through their involvement in youth development activities. “Above & Beyond: Recognising Youth Development… Continue reading

Labor backflip on free preschool

 A report in today’s Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that the Labor Party have backflipped on their promise to guarantee families access to a free year at preschool. “This $500 million promise to take over a State and Territory Government… Continue reading

Supporting rural child care

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today outlined the Australian Government’s excellent track record in providing child care options for families in rural areas of Australia. Mr Anthony addressed the Country Children’s Services Association forum in Mudgee on… Continue reading

Child protection is everyone’s business

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, said today that everyone has a responsibility to ensure children are safe from abuse and neglect. “Ensuring children are safe is not a responsibility of governments alone. The whole community must be… Continue reading

More support for New England child care

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, will today visit the New England area to meet with local parents and children’s service providers. “I am pleased Nationals’ Senator Sandy Macdonald and Nationals’ candidate for New England, Trevor Khan have… Continue reading

Youth and students receiving substantial support

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony today said that the Australian Government would support young people through more than $2.8 billion in payments and programs next financial year. Mr Anthony was responding to claims made by ACOSS in… Continue reading

5,000 extra child care places for Victoria

Victorian families are set to benefit from an additional 5,086 child care places to help them with the care of their children before and after school hours and during school holidays, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony announced… Continue reading

Building Communities for Children around Australia

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today announced the communities set to benefit from the Australian Government’s Communities for Children initiative – a $110 million program under the refocussed $365 million Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. “Communities for Children will… Continue reading

Helping child care services to support families

 Families and children across Australia, particularly in rural and regional areas, will benefit from the improved Child Care Support Program, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said today. Mr Anthony today announced the results of the review into… Continue reading

Extra funding to upgrade community child care centres

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony today announced Australian Government funding of around $8 million to help community-based child care centres upgrade their facilities. “This funding will allow hundreds of community child care centres around Australia to continue… Continue reading

Bright future for child care in Queensland

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today said that the future for the child care industry in Queensland looked very bright – but only if current policies were allowed to continue. Mr Anthony was on the Gold Coast… Continue reading

St Marys Centrelink services will not diminish

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today dismissed claims by Labor that services at St Marys Centrelink will diminish. “St Marys Centrelink office will continue to provide the full complement of services for local residents. There will be no reduction… Continue reading

Increase in Child Care Benefit Rates

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today announced that more than 540,000 families Australia-wide receiving Child Care Benefit will have their payments increased from 5 July. “Families using approved full-time or part-time child care during the course of… Continue reading

Latham trash-talks Australia’s youth

In an astonishing attack on Australia’s young people, Leader of the Opposition, Mark Latham has displayed that he will say anything to win a vote, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, said today. “Mark Latham has rolled out… Continue reading