Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Asbestos in NTER communities

I was informed of concerning news last night about asbestos identified in a number of Northern Territory communities. The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has informed me that in late August 2007 tradespeople raised concerns… Continue reading

Greater flexibility in NT leases

The Indigenous Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2008, introduced into Parliament today, allows for more flexible leases in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Township leases under the NT Aboriginal Land Rights Act will be able to be set from 40… Continue reading

Simpler and fairer family payments

A bill introduced in Parliament today will make the family payments system simpler and fairer, targeting assistance to those who need it most. In line with its child-centred approach to family policy, the Australian Government is building a responsive, targeted… Continue reading

Temporary police accommodation for APY Lands

The Australian Government is providing demountables to the South Australian (SA) Government to house police officers on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, while permanent structures are built. Urgent accommodation is needed to accommodate extra police committed following the release… Continue reading

New housing for APY Land communities

One of the largest communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Amata, has today moved a step closer to having new houses, as part of the Commonwealth Government’s $25 million housing offer to the APY Lands. Under the package,… Continue reading

Artwork unveiled to mark the apology

A calligraphy version of the Apology Motion was unveiled today by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at Parliament House to mark the 10th anniversary of National Sorry Day. The manuscript of the historic ‘Motion of Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples’ was… Continue reading

The Long Walk with Michael Long

I will join former AFL champion Michael Long today on The Long Walk from Federation Square to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The Long Walk was initiated in November 2004 when Michael Long set out on foot from Melbourne to… Continue reading

Kicking goals on and off the field

The AFL’s Flying Boomerangs Leadership Program is helping young Indigenous players kick goals on and off the field. Twenty-five young Indigenous football players are participating in an intensive three-day course in leadership and development in Melbourne this week. The team… Continue reading

Historic Agreement for Groote Eylandt region

Indigenous people in the Groote Eylandt region will benefit from an historic Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) signed today between the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the Anindilyakwa Land Council. This is the first RPA to be signed in… Continue reading

First residential boarding facility on Tiwi Islands

The first residential boarding facility on the Tiwi Islands was officially opened today at Pickertaramoor on Melville Island. Three family group homes have been constructed at the Tiwi College, providing accommodation for up to 36 students. These homes are an… Continue reading

Discussion paper on Indigenous employment reforms

A discussion paper to encourage debate and ideas on economic development and jobs for Indigenous Australians was released today by the Australian Government. The Government is developing a new strategy to build the strong foundations necessary for sustainable Indigenous economic… Continue reading

Inquiry To Review Better Support For Carers

I am pleased the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth has announced a parliamentary inquiry to investigate how carers can be better supported in their vital role. The Government values the contribution made by carers… Continue reading

New Homes for the Homeless

The Australian Government will build 600 new homes for the homeless across the country with a $150 million total investment over the next five years. The funds will be used for the construction of new accommodation, spot purchases or the… Continue reading

$1.2 billion for Closing the Gap for Indigenous Australians

The Australian Government is delivering $1.2 billion over five years, including 37 2008-09 Budget measures, towards closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Government has a comprehensive plan to tackle Indigenous disadvantage, make communities safe for children and… Continue reading

Making Indigenous Communities Safer

Night patrols to make remote Indigenous communities safer and more secure for families and children will continue as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to implementing the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). A total of $17.7 million has been allocated… Continue reading

Employment Support for People with Disability

The Australian Government will support the employment of people with disability by extending access to wage assessment tools for businesses at a cost of $25.7 million over four years. This means around 90 small businesses employing supported workers with disability,… Continue reading

Easing Pressure on Housing Affordability

The Australian Government has established a Housing Affordability Fund and will invest $512 million over the next five years to lower the cost of building new homes. The Government is committed to tackling housing affordability for working families and is… Continue reading

The Way Forward: A National Disability Strategy

People with disability, their families and carers will benefit from a National Disability Strategy being developed by the Australian Government to increase their economic participation, social inclusion and wellbeing. The National Disability Strategy (NDS) is an innovative and desperately needed… Continue reading