December 13, 2017 | Media

Construction starts on new Healthy Waterways projects

Construction has commenced on two more Healthy Waterways projects, including a rain garden in Tuggeranong that, once complete, will be the biggest in the southern hemisphere, Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, and ACT Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman, announced today. “The new rain garden, in parkland beside Upper Stranger Pond, will cover an area of 5,200 …

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December 13, 2017 | Media

NSW leading the way with adoptions

Adoption numbers are on the rise, for the first time in a decade, thanks in no small part to the incredible work being undertaken by NSW, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja, said today. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released Adoptions Australia 2016–17 earlier today which showed 315 adoptions being …

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November 20, 2017 | Media

Work underway on Ellerton Drive Extension

First sod turned on $86 million extension of Ellerton Drive in Queanbeyan, New South Wales Project, due for completion in mid-2020, will allow drivers to avoid up to 19 intersections and three sets of traffic lights Work on a new road to ease congestion in the busy Queanbeyan city centre officially started today, with the first sod turned on the …

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November 14, 2017 | Media

Using technology to drive better outcomes for Woden Town Centre

A local Canberra business has been awarded $110,000 Australian Government technology grant to help deliver better outcomes for the Woden Town Centre and local community. Smart Precinct Woden, a project proposed by Ecospectral, has been announced as one of 52 successful projects under Round One of the Australian Government’s inaugural Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. The innovative project involves Ecospectral’s …

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November 13, 2017 | Media

Adoption rates on the rise as we kick off National Adoption Awareness Week

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, today welcomed new data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) which shows adoption rates are on the rise, after years of decline. “We saw 315 adoptions in 2016-17, up from 276 the previous years. We also see improvements in intercountry adoptions, with waiting …

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November 1, 2017 | Media

Refurbished learning areas for Blue Gum Community School

Students and staff at Blue Gum Community School will have full use of refurbished school buildings thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.   Assistant Minister Seselja officially opened the new facilities in Hackett today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.   “It was great to visit Blue Gum Community School and see the new …

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October 31, 2017 | Media

ACT new adoption resources a step in the right direction

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Zed Seselja, today welcomed the release of new information resources by the ACT Government, aimed at simplifying the often complex domestic adoption process in the ACT and making it more accessible for everyone. “I am pleased that the ACT Government has developed these new information resources to help Canberra families better …

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October 18, 2017 | Media

Latest data backs the case for welfare reform

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, will this morning launch the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australia’s Welfare 2017 report. The 13th biennial snapshot of Australia’s welfare highlights the importance of a strong system to underpin the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable Australians. “The report shows that we have a …

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October 16, 2017 | Media

MORE LABOR EMPTY PROMISES ON HOMELESSNESS

Today we have seen another thought bubble from Bill Shorten and Labor, with an opportunistic and ill-thought out ‘plan’ to address homelessness.   Proving that Bill Shorten is all gesture and no action, he reiterated his election promise to halve homelessness levels in Australia by 2025. But more than a year later, he still has no clear policy direction.   …

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October 11, 2017 | Media

Government and FFA ready to help newly arrived youngsters kick goals

The Australian Government and the Football Federation Australia (FFA) have teamed up to help young new arrivals settle into Australian life, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Zed Seselja announced today. Speaking before the World Cup qualifying match between the Socceroos and Syria in Sydney today, Assistant Minister Seselja said the Government had allocated $100,000 to support the …

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