Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Wages increase is good news for new mums and dads

Today’s decision to increase the minimum wage is good news for thousands of Australian families who will receive higher payments under the Gillard Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme. The Fair Work Commission today announced the national minimum wage would increase… Continue reading

Death of Yothu Yindi singer

We have today lost a great Australian voice in the efforts towards reconciliation. We have lost a uniquely talented musician, a passionate advocate for Aboriginal people and a truly great friend. A former Australian of the Year, his music set… Continue reading

More financial counsellors to help problem gamblers

Fifty new financial counselling positions across Australia will increase access to free counselling for people affected by problem gambling. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, today announced… Continue reading

Baby Bonus changes pass the House

The Government’s responsible changes to the family payments system have passed the House of Representatives with the support of the Opposition. These amendments to the Family Assistance and Other Legislation Bill deliver the following reforms: Changes to the Baby Bonus… Continue reading

Call to get more people into remote jobs

Applications have opened for the first round of the Community Development Fund (CDF), an integral element of the Gillard Government’s new $1.5 billion Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) which will help more people get into jobs and participate in… Continue reading

Australians begin journey to recognition

Today Australians step up their efforts to build public awareness and community support for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our nation’s constitution. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin will join the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus… Continue reading

National Sorry Day a time to remember

Today is National Sorry Day, a time for all Australians to reflect on the profound grief and trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. It is also an opportunity to celebrate their… Continue reading

Kicking goals for Indigenous youth

The Gillard Labor Government is investing nearly $1.3 million to continue supporting the next generation of Indigenous leaders, in partnership with the Australian Football League. As footy fans get ready for the annual Dreamtime game at the MCG tonight, the… Continue reading

Chaotic Coalition will only hurt families

Tony Abbott’s own colleagues are yet again revolting against his unfair policies that will hurt Australian families. The Nationals Senate Leader Barnaby Joyce has today revealed he and his colleagues will fight Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s plans to slash… Continue reading

Federal Budget delivers for seniors in Townsville

Townsville’s seniors will benefit from $10 million in new funding in the Federal Budget to help seniors across Australia stay connected to family and friends online and learn new computer skills. The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,… Continue reading

Federal Budget delivers DisabilityCare for Ipswich

Ipswich residents with disability, their families and carers came together today to celebrate DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, being rolled out across Queensland. The Federal Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin joined the Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann… Continue reading

Federal Budget delivers DisabilityCare for Queenslanders

People with disability, their families and carers came together in Brisbane today to celebrate DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, being rolled out across Queensland. Federal Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin met children with disability at Nursery Road… Continue reading