Media Releases by The Hon Bill Shorten MP

Five outstanding Australians receive National Disability Awards

The achievements and contribution of five outstanding Australians have been recognised with National Disability Awards presented in Canberra tonight.The , Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, tonight announced the recipients of the 2008… Continue reading

Australian Disability Enterprises launched

Disability business services across the country will now come together under the name Australian Disability Enterprises. , Bill Shorten, today launched the name and new logo at Waverley Industries, a Victorian disability business service. “Not only are we putting a… Continue reading

National Disability Strategy Youth Roundtable

Young people with disability met to discuss the barriers they face at the National Disability Strategy Youth Roundtable in Melbourne today. Bill Shorten, said over 30 people attended the event and the Australian Government provided almost $25,000 to the Youth… Continue reading

Give people with disability a go with Opportunity

Bill Shorten, today launched a new publication which outlines compelling reasons for including people with disability as customers and employees.The Australian Government provided $40,000 to the Australian Employers Network on Disability to produce Opportunity, which was also supported by the… Continue reading

National Disability Awards finalists announced

Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities,┬áBill Shorten, today announced the 15 finalists for the 2008 National Disability Awards. The National Disability Awards are held annually to coincide with International Day of People with Disability. Ms Macklin said the finalists… Continue reading

Eminent Australian elected to UN Committee

Jenny Macklin, Attorney-General Robert McClelland and , Bill Shorten, today announced that Professor Ron McCallum was elected to the United Nations Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the first meeting of countries that have… Continue reading

$500,000 to expand advocacy for people with disability

The Australian Government is providing the Kingston, Greater Dandenong and Casey Local Government Areas with up to $100,000 for individual advocacy support for people with disability., Bill Shorten, announced $500,000 to expand individual advocacy support for people with disability across… Continue reading

Calling for input to the National Disability Strategy

Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, today launched a discussion paper for the National Disability Strategy. “To ensure the National Disability Strategy is practical and effective, the Australian Government, in consultation with State and… Continue reading

Welcome home to our Aussie Paralympic heroes

The largest ever Australian Paralympic Team to compete abroad returned to our shores today with 79 medals, including 23 gold. Minister for Sport and Youth, Kate Ellis, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten today welcomed our… Continue reading

Aussie Diamond sparkles on world disability stage

The Australian Government today extended its congratulations to Victorian Maryanne Diamond on her election as the President of the World Blind Union (WBU) in Geneva overnight.Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten today offered the Government’s heartfelt congratulations to Ms Diamond… Continue reading

Helping more disabled Australians into work

The Rudd Government today announced that one of the most significant barriers for people receiving a Disability Support Pension who wish to find employment will be removed. From September 2008, DSP recipients who wish to find employment will undertake a… Continue reading

Top business services honoured

Ten Australian businesses were honoured for their commitment to employees with disability at the inaugural Business Services Excellence Awards in Brisbane today. The awards recognise the role of business services in providing real work to people with disability, as well… Continue reading