Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
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Community organisations will work directly with men through culturally appropriate initiatives to address the unique challenges in reducing family violence in some of our most at risk communities.
An extra $400 for each child that has qualified for the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment in bushfire-hit towns and regions as well as more food vouchers, financial assistance and support services will help Australians affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster.
Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said changes to the welfare system that take place from 1 January 2020 would provide more support for Australians in need.
Australia has one of the most comprehensive and targeted social security systems in the world. Unlike many other countries it is non-contributory and it is not time limited. Our tax and transfer system works to reduce income inequality. It has assisted in Australia’s record 28 consecutive years of economic growth – a record unmatched by any other advanced economy.
Getting a job and having a job is an absolute game-changer in everybody’s life and that shouldn’t be any different for somebody who has a disability or somebody who lives without one. The importance of the independence, the self-confidence, the skills and the connections to society and community that are created when you have a job are absolutely essential.
Minister Ruston transcript - Drug Testing Legislation, Cashless Debit Card - 891 ABC Adelaide
Minister Ruston transcript - Drug Testing Legislation - Channel 7, Sunrise
Minister Ruston interviewed by Steve Price on 2GB discussing the Cashless Debit Card.