Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Latest Media Releases

New payment to help women escape violent relationships

From Tuesday the Morrison Government will provide women leaving a violent relationship access to a one-off payment of up to $5,000 to help them establish a life free of violence.

Transition to a COVID-19 National Plan approach to mutual obligation requirements

The Morrison Government today announced changes to mutual obligation requirements and COVID-19 restrictions to align with the National Plan to Transition Australia's National COVID-19 response (the National Plan). Since the start of the pandemic, the Federal Government has reacted swiftly to changing circumstances where state-health imposed lockdowns and restrictions on people's movement impacted the ability for Australians to look for work or do training as part of mutual obligation requirements. The contingency arrangements saw mutual obligation requirements fully suspended on a temporary basis when a state or territory announced a lockdown, with the suspension lifting usually two business days after the lockdown ended.

Celebrating Carers during National Carers Week

National Carers Week 2021 is a time to recognise and celebrate Australia’s unpaid carers who provide care and support to a family member or friend. This year’s theme is Millions of Reasons to Care, which aims to bring attention to the 2.65 million carers around the country. Carers need the ongoing support of all Australians – from government to businesses, classrooms to families, and medical professionals to communities.

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Latest Speeches

Closing Remarks, National Summit on Women’s Safety

Firstly, can I thank absolutely everyone who has participated in the National Summit on Women’s Safety. Thank you from zooming in from your homes, from your workplaces, from your kitchen benches to be a part of this Summit. Your voices – the voices of frontline workers, experts and especially victim survivors – you and your lived experiences are foundational to informing the development of the next National Plan.

Launch of Phase 3 – Stop it at the Start

Thank you so much to everyone who is here for being with us as we launch the third phase of Stop it at the Start, the national primary prevention campaign to reduce violence against women and their children.

Senate – Matter of Public Importance – Gendered Violence and Sexual Harassment

Around $1.3 billion will land in eligible Australians’ bank accounts from this week, as the Morrison Government delivers a fourth Economic Support Payment.

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Latest Transcripts

Minister Ruston doorstop interview, Adelaide

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, COVID-19 Disaster Payment, workplace culture in Parliament

Sky News Sunday Agenda

COVID-19 vaccinations, Women’s Safety Summit

Minister Ruston interview – Sunrise



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