Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

New Health Plan to Help Close the Gap

The Australian Government has released the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan – an evidence-based policy framework to guide policies and programs to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the next decade. Launching the plan today,… Continue reading

Tackling alcohol abuse in Coober Pedy

The Australian Government is investing $367,000 over the next two years to help tackle alcohol abuse in Coober Pedy. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, said the funding would be used to implement the Coober Pedy… Continue reading

Delivering DisabilityCare for Parramatta

People with disability, their families and carers came together in Parramatta today to celebrate DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme, being rolled out across New South Wales. The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin joined the Member for Parramatta… Continue reading

Werriwa families benefiting from Schoolkids Bonus

Thousands of families in Werriwa are benefitting from the second instalment of Federal Labor’s Schoolkids Bonus, which is providing welcome relief with back-to-school costs. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin joined Member for Werriwa Laurie… Continue reading

Teaming up to tackle youth homelessness

Federal Labor and the Australian Football League have teamed up to tackle youth homelessness with the Australian Government providing a $960,000 funding boost to Ladder – a non-profit organisation that helps young people live independently. The Minister for Families, Community… Continue reading

Indigenous Australians recognised at NAIDOC Awards

Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM was tonight recognised for his lifelong advocacy for the rights of Indigenous Australians at the 2013 National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Awards. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin presented the Lifetime Achievement Award… Continue reading

More people benefiting from disability support services

A new report released today confirms the ongoing benefits of the Labor Government’s significant investment in support services for people with disability. Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2011-12 by the Australian Institute of Health and… Continue reading

Warwick families benefitting from Schoolkids Bonus

Thousands of families in Perth’s northern suburbs are already benefitting from the second instalment of Federal Labor’s Schoolkids Bonus, which is providing welcome relief with back-to-school costs. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin joined West… Continue reading

Supporting parents into work critical

New research released today shows the importance of the Labor Government’s commitment to supporting jobless families back into work. The report, Parental Joblessness and financial disadvantage and the wellbeing of parents and children, by the Australian Institute of Family Studies,… Continue reading

50th anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions

The Rudd Government today marked the 50th anniversary of the Yirrkala bark petitions, documents which helped drive the recognition of land rights and the process of reconciliation in our country. In July 1963, the Yolngu people from the Gove Peninsula… Continue reading

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

The Australian Government today welcomed the start of National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week with more than $1.4 million in funding to support community events across Australia. NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to come… Continue reading

More housing for remote communities

More than 150 remote indigenous houses have been built in Queensland over the past 12 months under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH). Touring new houses in Aurukun and Napranum today, Housing Minister Tim Mander said the… Continue reading

Schoolkids Bonus starts arriving today

The second instalment of Federal Labor’s Schoolkids Bonus will start arriving in the bank accounts of 1.3 million families from today. Eligible families will receive $205 for each child in primary school and $410 for each child in secondary school… Continue reading

More cost of living support for millions of Australians

Australian households are getting another budget boost with the next round of household assistance payments arriving in bank accounts from today. About 1.7 million families and about 370,000 young people and students will start receiving extra money through Labor’s Household… Continue reading

DisabilityCare Australia opens its doors in Tasmania

Young people with significant and permanent disability in Tasmania will for the first time have the power to choose the support they need and how that support is provided, with today’s historic launch of DisabilityCare Australia. DisabilityCare Australia, the national… Continue reading

DisabilityCare Australia opens its doors

Australians with significant and permanent disability will for the first time have the power to choose the support they need and how that support is provided, with today’s historic launch of DisabilityCare Australia. DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme,… Continue reading