Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Newman robs Peter to pay Paul

Premier Campbell Newman and the Queensland LNP Government are robbing Peter to pay Paul by announcing today that they will divert $12 million from a vital infrastructure fund to pay for critical seawalls in the Torres Strait. Last year the… Continue reading

Government formally establishes Royal Commission

On my advice, today the Governor-General has appointed a six-member Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Child sexual abuse is an evil crime. Anyone who has ever suffered child abuse deserves to have their voices heard and… Continue reading

Indigenous housing target exceeded ahead of schedule

More than 5000 homes in remote Indigenous communities have now been refurbished or rebuilt by the Australian Government, nearly two years ahead of schedule. The refurbishments are being delivered under the $5.5 billion National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing,… Continue reading

Workplace gender equality: call for public comments

The Acting Minister for the Status of Women, Jenny Macklin, today called for public comment to help develop the next stage of the Australian Government’s landmark workplace gender equality reforms. The introduction of the Workplace Gender Equality Act in November… Continue reading

Schoolkids Bonus cash arrives from today

From today the first payment of the Schoolkids Bonus will be delivered straight into the bank accounts of 1.3 million families. It will help lighten the load for families with back-to-school costs at the time when they need it most.… Continue reading

New social security agreement with Latvia

A new social security agreement between Australia and Latvia will make retirement easier for about 2,000 Australian and Latvian residents. From today, people who have spent part of their adult lives in both Australia and Latvia will have access to… Continue reading

Dads welcome a special new arrival

Today marks the first day of the Gillard Government’s Dad and Partner Pay which gives more support for working dads when a baby arrives. Dad and Partner Pay extends the Australian Government’s successful Paid Parental Leave scheme which has helped… Continue reading

New Indigenous Ranger Jobs for the NT

Sixteen new Indigenous ranger positions are being funded in the Northern Territory to protect and conserve Australia’s precious environment. These positions have been funded through the Gillard Government’s $19.1 million Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory jobs package, which will… Continue reading

Newman’s numbers don’t add up on NDIS

The Australian Government welcomes the interest of the Queensland Government in much-needed reform to disability care and support in that state. I am concerned however that Campbell Newman is raising the hopes of people with disability in Queensland. Today’s announcement… Continue reading

Good Shepherd to continue helping people in need

The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today officially launched Good Shepherd Microfinance, a Victorian-based community organisation that is providing financial assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians and their families. Good Shepherd Microfinance, formerly a division… Continue reading

Funding boost for Taree playgroup

Families in Taree will continue to have access to critical early childhood support with the Australian Government providing a $306,000 funding boost for the local Good Beginnings playgroup at Manning Gardens Public School. The Minister for Families, Community Services and… Continue reading

Sydney’s west celebrates NDIS announcement

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, joined the Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, in Western Sydney today to celebrate the announcement that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be a reality for local residents by 2018. Ms Macklin… Continue reading

Schoolkids Bonus only weeks away

Today the Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin, and the Member for Reid, John Murphy, visited Homebush West Public School to encourage parents with kids starting primary or secondary school next year to go online and update their details to ensure… Continue reading

Sixth Report into Remote Indigenous Service Delivery

The Australian Government today released the latest report from the Coordinator General for Remote Indigenous Services, Mr Brian Gleeson, on progress in delivering government services to people living in the 29 priority Indigenous locations across Australia. The report details the… Continue reading

Saver Plus helping thousands of Australian families

A new report released today has found that the Gillard Government funded Saver Plus initiative is helping thousands of Australian families improve their financial literacy and grow their savings. The Australian Government is investing $26 million to help the Brotherhood… Continue reading

Roundtable focus on young people and families

The needs of children and young people with disability were the focus of the third meeting of the Australian Government’s Children and Family Roundtable in Melbourne today. The Roundtable also discussed the Gillard Government’s $1 billion Family Support Program. Roundtable… Continue reading

Fund helps Australians get ready for an NDIS

The Australian Government today announced the 73 successful projects that will share funding from the $10 million Practical Design Fund to help prepare for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Practical Design Fund identifies practical solutions… Continue reading

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas and Parliamentary Secretary for School Education, Jacinta Collins, today celebrated International Day of People with Disability with students, staff and parents at Clifton Hill… Continue reading