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August 20th, 2014 | Speeches

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to be with you this morning, on what is a special day for South Australians. I am pleased to be opening ViTA — an innovative and purpose-built aged care facility. Our aged care system touches the lives of millions of Australians; in […]

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August 20th, 2014 | Media Releases

The Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, today officially opened a state-of-the-art aged care facility in Daw Park. Mr Andrews said the addition of a new model into the aged care landscape, particularly a facility as innovative as ViTA, is cause for celebration. “ViTA is a unique partnership between SA […]

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August 18th, 2014 | Media Releases

This year’s Pollie Pedal has raised over $700,000 for Carers Australia. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews took part in the 1000 km ride from Moree to Penrith and has thanked all those who supported the event. “Now in its 17th year, Pollie Pedal is a great way to raise […]

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August 17th, 2014 | Blog

Saturday, August 16 – Lithgow This is the toughest day of Pollie Pedal, a 150 kilometre ride from Mudgee to Lithgow. There are a series of climbs, including the 1,100 metre Cherry Tree Hill. A large cheer greeted the Prime Minister when he joined the rider’s dinner at Robert Oatley […]

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August 16th, 2014 | Blog

It is another long day in the saddle, with a series of community events at each end of the session. My day commences with a radio interview at 6:30am in the studios of the local radio station, 2DU. Then is it off to the Delroy Campus of the Dubbo College […]

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August 16th, 2014 | Media Releases

THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MP, PRIME MINISTER THE HON. KEVIN ANDREWS MP, MINISTER FOR SOCIAL SERVICES The Commonwealth Government is committed to ensuring Australians engaged in terrorist activities are not receiving taxpayer funded welfare payments. The Government will introduce legislation to ensure welfare payments can be promptly stopped for people […]

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August 15th, 2014 | Blog

This is the longest leg of Pollie Pedal, a 160 kilometre stage from Coonabarabran to Dubbo. Riding across expansive tracts of Australia is a reminder that there is a vast difference between the ways of life in rural and city regions. The workers on their agricultural machinery, the farmers herding […]

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August 14th, 2014 | Blog

Day four of Pollie Pedal is a 137 km ride from Gunnedah to Coonabaraban. We roll out of the prosperous New England town at 8 am on a cold morning. Forty kilometres down the road, the peloton stops at the small Mullaley Public School, where the pupils and teachers have […]

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August 13th, 2014 | Media Releases

Labor Leader Bill Shorten is scraping the bottom of the barrel by scaremongering Australia’s seniors with his comments that pensions will be cut. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has again rejected Labor’s claims that age pensions are worse off under a Coalition Government. “There are no cuts to pensions. […]

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August 13th, 2014 | Blog

As the Pollie Pedal peleton rolls across the undulating plains between Tamworth and Gunnedah, I am reminded of Dorothea McKeller’s famous lines: I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. It is an appropriate place to recall McKeller’s ode […]

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