Media Releases by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Locals lead the way on NDIS

Newcastle residents at a community forum today heard about the work underway to launch the first stage of a National Disability Insurance Scheme in the region from next year. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today joined… Continue reading

Carers Week 2012 – Be Care Aware

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas and Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare today visited the Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club in Bankstown for an afternoon tea to celebrate Carers Week and recognise the contribution of local carers in… Continue reading

Wear a loud shirt today to support deaf children

Minister for Families, Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today supported all Australians wearing bright and colourful shirts to celebrate Loud Shirt Day. Loud Shirt Day… Continue reading

Celebrating Carers Week in the Inner West

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas and Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese today joined children and carers at Pathways Early Childhood Intervention to celebrate Carers Week. Carers Week runs from 14- 20 October and is a national… Continue reading

Finalists announced for National Disability Awards

Twenty-seven outstanding individuals and organisations have been selected as finalists for the 2012 National Disability Awards, recognising their valuable contribution to improving the lives of people with disability in Australia. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary… Continue reading

Celebrating Carers Week 2012

The Australian Government has marked the start of Carers Week by announcing a new group that will guide the implementation of the National Carer Strategy. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers,… Continue reading

Down Syndrome Awareness Week: 14 – 21 October

Down Syndrome Awareness Week kicks off tomorrow across the country, providing Australians with a chance to recognise and celebrate the contribution people with Down syndrome make to the community. The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary… Continue reading

Senator McLucas inspects TB progress in Daru

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas visited Daru today to inspect the progress of Australia’s program to help the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government treat tuberculosis (TB) in Western Province, PNG. Senator McLucas is in PNG to… Continue reading

Calling all future leaders

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas is encouraging people with disability from across the country to apply for a leadership program. “Applications to participate in the Australian Government supported Leaders for Tomorrow program close on October 12,”… Continue reading

‘See me and not my disability’ walkathon

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today joined more than 600 people, including Paralympian Kristy Pond at a walkathon event in Parramatta to raise money and awareness for people with disability. Senator McLucas said that the walkathon… Continue reading

More people benefiting from disability support services

A new report released today shows a significant increase in people’s use of disability support services in Australia, reflecting the Australian Government’s unprecedented investment in disability care and support. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s report, Disability support services:… Continue reading

Other Film Festival Opens in Melbourne

Arts Minister Simon Crean and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today welcomed the opening of Melbourne’s Other Film Festival – a festival of films by and about people with disability. “The Other Film Festival is the… Continue reading

Getting kids to school in remote Indigenous communities

Indigenous parents in Mornington Island and Doomadgee will soon benefit from increased support to help get their children to school, thanks to an $807,000 funding boost from the Australian Government. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny… Continue reading

New projects to support communities in the Cape

Remote Indigenous communities in Cape York will share in more than $540,000 from the Gillard Government to upgrade community infrastructure and create local jobs. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and Senator for Queensland, Jan… Continue reading

Making our homes more accessible for people with disability

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas today highlighted the benefits of designing homes that are more accessible for people with disability at the official launch of Livable Housing Australia in Parliament House, Canberra. Livable Housing Australia (LHA)… Continue reading

Our Paralympic heroes are the pride of Australia

Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan, Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today warmly welcomed home Australia’s 2012 Paralympic team at Sydney Airport. Australia’s 161-strong team excelled… Continue reading

O’Hanlon takes gold in record time

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today congratulated Evan O’Hanlon on winning the men’s 200m T38 final to claim his second gold medal of the London… Continue reading

Aussie Paralympians do us proud

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today congratulated the Australian Paralympic Team for delivering an outstanding performance at the London Paralympic Games. The 2012 Australian Paralympic… Continue reading

Steelers snatch gold in rugby skirmish

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today congratulated the Steelers on winning gold in the men’s wheelchair rugby final at the London Paralympics. The Steelers dominated… Continue reading

Australia adds to growing medal haul

Australia picked up two gold, three silver and three bronze medals on day 10 of the Games to boost our medal tally to an impressive 82 medals. On the final day of the swim meet, Prue Watts raced to victory… Continue reading

Watt walks away with gold

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today congratulated Prue Watt on winning gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13 final at the London Paralympics. Prue powered… Continue reading