Media Releases by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

New mobile playgroup for fire-affected communities

A new mobile playgroup will provide a service to the fire-damaged communities of Marysville and Flowerdale who lost their playgroups during the February 7th bushfires in Victoria. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten today launched the service… Continue reading

Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Interim Report

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction, Bill Shorten, today welcomed the release of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Interim Report. The Commission is to be commended for the important work it has undertaken to date. The… Continue reading

$4 million for new autism care centre in Brisbane

A new, autism-specific early learning and care centre will give young Brisbane children with Autism Spectrum Disorders access to specialist early childhood services vital for them to reach their full potential. With $4 million in funding from the Australian Government,… Continue reading

Further Measures to Improve Disability Rights

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today welcomed the passage of the Disability Discrimination and Other Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 through Parliament. The Bill will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our anti discrimination system and clarifies the obligation of employers,… Continue reading

Extra Support for our Special Olympians

Sports Minister Kate Ellis today announced $55,000 in funding for Special Olympics Australia to help our Special Olympians prepare for the 2011 International Games in Greece. “This funding will enable our Special Olympics Team to participate in important training camps… Continue reading

Mobile communications made more accessible

The Rudd Government today welcomed industry efforts to improve the accessibility of mobile communications services for the aged and people with disabilities. “Helping people to understand the features of mobile devices and services that meet their specific needs will go… Continue reading

Bushfire memorials for mark Victoria’s blackest day

Nineteen Victorian councils will share in $2.5 million to create memorials to mark February’s devastating bushfires, Premier John Brumby announced today. “This funding will provide communities with the chance to reflect and remember the impact of the devastating bushfires and… Continue reading

New funding for 13 disability advocacy providers

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten, today announced increased funding for 13 disability advocacy providers as part of the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP). The providers will have their Australian Government funding increased to $100,000 to allow them to provide… Continue reading

Winter Warming Grant for Bushfire Survivors

Thousands of bushfire survivors will receive a one-off $2000 cash payment from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund as part of a $9 million new winter needs grant to support communities through the colder months. Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund chair John… Continue reading

Supporting Australians affected by disaster

The 2009-10 Budget details the level of financial support provided to Australians affected by the devastating Victorian bushfires, the North Queensland floods, the South East Queensland storms, and the Mumbai terrorist attacks. From 20 November 2008 to 1 May 2009,… Continue reading