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September 6th, 2014 | Media Releases

More than 3.7 million pensioners will receive an increase to their payments from 20 September, the second rise this year. Mr Andrews said single age pensioners will receive an increase of up to $11.50 a fortnight, while age pensioner couples will receive up to $17.40 extra a fortnight. “This means […]

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September 4th, 2014 | Speeches

Thank you, Tony, for that kind introduction. As Minister for Social Services I preside over a Department that’s responsible for roughly one-third of the Commonwealth’s Budget outlay. As you can very well imagine, I am frequently asked to speak at events or programme launches. But there are invitations and then […]

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September 3rd, 2014 | Speeches

I’d like to begin by expressing my appreciation to the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and Senator Bilyk for convening this event. Child protection is above politics – it is bipartisan. And rightly so. This past March I had the privilege of launching the 2nd […]

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September 3rd, 2014 | Media Releases

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has applauded the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) for its work in striving for child safety and wellbeing. Mr Andrews has used an event for National Child Protection Week to thank NAPCAN for encouraging government, politicians, families and the […]

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September 3rd, 2014 | Transcripts

DAVID SPEERS: Minister thanks for your time. Firstly on the work for the dole changes the government is seeking, are you having much success with the crossbench in seeking winning approval on this? MINISTER ANDREWS: We’ve just started some preliminary discussions with the crossbench Senators. We’re starting from the point […]

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September 2nd, 2014 | Transcripts

GREG JENNETT: Minister you are at the sharp end of what a lot of people would call the budget nasties, just how much engagement are you having with crossbench Senators this week? MINISTER ANDREWS: We’ve begun some preliminary discussions with the crossbench Senators, trying to understand what they are wanting […]

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September 1st, 2014 | Media Releases

In a win for seniors the Government has delivered a key election commitment giving thousands more self-funded retirees access to cheaper medicine and health benefits. Despite repeated attempts by Labor and the Greens to block it, legislation to index income thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card has passed Parliament […]

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September 1st, 2014 | Media Releases

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says he is amazed at the hypocrisy of Labor to use Dementia Awareness Month to criticise the Coalition for ending a Dementia supplement when it totally mismanaged the design of the payment while in Government. Mr Andrews said Labor costed the Dementia and Severe […]

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August 29th, 2014 | Media Releases

Tolerance is a critical value in a western liberal democracy like Australia. It was for this reason that I intended to address the World Congress of Families meeting in Melbourne tomorrow. The calls for me not to attend demonstrate the intolerance of the Greens and the left -instead of arguing […]

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August 26th, 2014 | Transcripts

SANDY ALOISI: Federal Politicians are back in Canberra this week after the five week winter break with the Budget battle set to enter a new phase. As the Government battles to win support on the Senate crossbench, Cabinet Ministers held a long meeting yesterday as they tried to settle on […]

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