Media Releases by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Making the Disability Support Pension fairer

The Australian Government is reforming the Disability Support Pension (DSP) to make it simpler, fairer and sustainable for those who need it. The DSP is an essential element of Australia’s safety net but it is vital that it supports the… Continue reading

Marysville family off to a fresh start with a new home

Victorian Housing Minister Richard Wynne and Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Bushfire Reconstruction Bill Shorten today paid tribute to a Marysville family for their determination to rebuild their lives after the tragic Black Saturday fires. ‘Widower Shane Hilder and his teenage… Continue reading

Special Olympics open in Adelaide

The Minister for Sport Kate Ellis and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten today joined more than 850 athletes to open the ninth National Special Olympics in Adelaide today. Ms Ellis said the event is a great opportunity for her… Continue reading

Statement on Christine Nixon

Christine Nixon is doing an excellent job as head of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority. Her hard work on the ground, and ability to communicate with the people hit by the February 7th fires, have played a key… Continue reading

Better care for young people with disability

Over 190 young people with disability were moved out of, or were diverted from entering residential aged care facilities between June 2006 and December 2008, according to a report released today. Between December 2008 and June 2009, the number rose… Continue reading

New autism services for young children in Brisbane

Young children with autism spectrum disorders can now access specialist early childhood services vital for them to reach their full potential at a new, autism-specific early learning and care centre in Brisbane. The Rudd Government is providing more than $4… Continue reading

Families in Dandenong get a new playground

Over 500 children and their families in Dandenong, will enjoy the benefits of a new playground unveiled today by the not-for profit organisation, the Queen Elizabeth Centre. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, officially opened the playground… Continue reading

Jobs Fund supports Victorian bushfire reconstruction

The Rudd Government today announced more than $2.6 million for bushfire-affected areas in Victoria under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund. Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib and Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction Bill Shorten said two… Continue reading

Supporting playgroups for children and families

The World’s Biggest Playgroup Day is a time to celebrate playgroups and increase awareness of their work in communities across Australia. The Rudd Government is providing $1.2 million to Playgroups Australia to deliver 96 supported playgroups over two years for… Continue reading

Mayberry boosts Australia’s medal haul

The Minister for Sport Kate Ellis today congratulated Marty Mayberry on his silver medal in the standing downhill at the Vancouver Winter Paralympics today. The 24-year-old university student from Camperdown in Sydney claimed Australia’s first silver when he drew with… Continue reading

Disability standards for access to premises

The Australian Government today launched the Disability Standards for Access to Premises, which for the first time set the minimum access requirements for people with a disability to publicly accessible buildings. The Standards cover features such as accessible lifts, stairs,… Continue reading

Birthday Girl Gives Historic Gift To Nation

The Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis, today congratulated Jessica Gallagher on winning a bronze medal in the vision-impaired slalom today at the Vancouver Winter Paralympics. “Jessica turns 24 today and what a birthday it is. She’s given the gift of… Continue reading