Media Releases by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

National Child Protection Week 2004

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, said National Child Protection Week provides an ideal opportunity for Australians to focus on the issue of preventing child abuse and neglect. “The Australian Government has provided the National Association for Prevention… Continue reading

Coalition Government Supporting Fathers

 This Father’s Day, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony reminds all Australians of the important role fathers play in a child’s upbringing. The Australian Government recognises that fathers can make an invaluable contribution to their children’s lives with… Continue reading

Providing Local Answers to local problems

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today announced a commitment of around $17 million funding to 93 grassroots projects that will support local answers to local problems. Mr Anthony said funding has been made available through the refocussed… Continue reading

Every Child Is Important

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today launched the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Every Child Is Important campaign for Queensland. Mr Anthony said the campaign has received more than $1.2 million in funding from the Australian Government’s National Agenda… Continue reading

Road Map For Raising Kids

 Parents and carers will be assisted to better understand and communicate with younger children with the help of a new Australian Government booklet, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said today. Mr Anthony launched the booklet with Parliamentary… Continue reading

Children’s health and wellbeing on the agenda

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today welcomed participants to the National Health and Wellbeing seminar in Sydney. “Around 1.5 million Australian children are now overweight or obese. It is of great concern that studies show overweight or… Continue reading

Taskforce to examine child support scheme

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony today announced the terms of reference and membership of a Ministerial Taskforce and Reference Group to examine Australia’s child support scheme. This follows the Prime Minister’s announcement of 29 July 2004 of… Continue reading

Project to monitor child development commences

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today announced the first seven communities to commence a project that will measure the progress of young children in a number of key developmental areas. The announcement follows Australian Government support of… Continue reading

Picture of Australia’s Children

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today outlined the considerable steps taken on developing an authoritative and reliable source of information on how Australia’s children are faring. Mr Anthony today released outcomes and report from A Picture of… Continue reading

Government committed record funding to early childhood

Labor’s claims that the Australian Government has not committed any funding to early childhood development and the National Agenda for early Childhood are wrong, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said today. “Labor’s actual policies in the area… Continue reading

Building a National Agenda for Early Childhood

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today said the Australian Government had started discussions with the state and territory governments to build a national plan to give Australian children the best possible start to life. Mr Anthony today… Continue reading

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

 National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day today is a timely reminder of the need to continue to invest in our children’s future, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, said today. “The Australian Government is committed to developing a… Continue reading

Government committed to supporting foster carers

The Australian Government is committed to supporting families, including our valuable and important foster carers, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said today. “There are approximately 8,300 foster carers looking after nearly 10,300 children at risk. Child welfare… Continue reading

Centrelink effectively managing customer debt

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said that the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report released today found Centrelink’s debt management practices to be effective. “Social security debt prevention, identification, raising and recovery are highly complex areas and… Continue reading

Centrelink better resourced, more efficient

Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Wayne Swan and Commonwealth Public Service Union President, Mark Gepp have today brazenly turned Centrelink staff into a political football, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said. “The Labor Party and… Continue reading

No cuts to Centrelink staff

 Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Wayne Swan is not letting the truth get in the way of a good story in regard to Centrelink staff numbers, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said today. “Centrelink staff… Continue reading

Swan misleads again

 Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Wayne Swan’s statement today that advice was rushed onto the Family Assistance Office website is wrong. Advice was in fact placed on the website in June 2004. This is timely as families are… Continue reading

Improving Centrelink’s service delivery

Centrelink’s 6.4 million customers and around 25,000 staff are set to benefit from changes currently being made to streamline and create specialist areas within the organisation, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said today. “Centrelink is one of… Continue reading

Families advised on extra pay-day

 Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Wayne Swan’s latest misinformation campaign on Family Tax Benefit is another example of why you can’t believe a word he says, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said today. In a… Continue reading

Labor plays catch-up on playgroups

 Labor have again resorted to imitating the Coalition Government’s policies with an announcement today on playgroups that mirrors the commitment made by the Government last December, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony said. “The Australian Government has increased… Continue reading

Relationships Australia opens in Broadmeadow

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today officially opened the purpose-built Relationships Australia NSW facility in Broadmeadow. “The Australian Government provides approximately $59 million under the Family Relationships Services Program to around 100 community organisations that provide family… Continue reading

More support for fathers

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, today launched the Fatherhood Research in Australia report – the first in Australia to look at the research done on supporting fathers in their parenting role. The report was jointly funded… Continue reading