Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Increased support for more than 3 million Australians

From tomorrow, more than 3 million seniors, carers and people with a disability will receive increased financial support from the Rudd Government. The Rudd Government will deliver on a major election commitment – $4.1 billion increases in the Utilities Allowance,… Continue reading

Nominate for the National Disability Awards 2008

Nominations are now open for the National Disability Awards 2008. Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs , Jenny Macklin and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, today officially opened nominations, saying they were looking… Continue reading

Review of the Northern Land Council

A review of the Northern Land Council will be undertaken following recent events which warrant investigation. Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner, today announced the review… Continue reading

Homelessness Agenda Builds Momentum

The Australian Government’s priority to tackle homelessness was a key item of discussion at the meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Housing Ministers in Melbourne today. The first meeting of Housing Ministers since the November election also included Ministers responsible… Continue reading

Pension Changes 20 March 2008

A number of changes to the pension system will come into effect on 20 March. More than 3 million Australians will receive increased financial support from next Thursday. Utilities Allowance The Utilities Allowance will increase from $107.20 a year to… Continue reading

Providing peace of mind for the people of Galiwinku

Galiwinku, one of the Northern Territory’s (NT) largest and most remote Indigenous communities, will have a fully operational, permanent police station by January 2009 as part of an agreement between the Australian and Northern Territory Governments. The Australian Government has… Continue reading

$4.6 million for Northern Territory Youth Projects

Programs to curb alcohol and drug abuse and anti-social behaviour among young people in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities are receiving a $4.6 million injection of funds from the Australian Government. The 24 projects will teach young people vocational and life… Continue reading

Boosting health and environmental safety in NT communities

Practical, on the ground measures to improve the health and environmental safety of Indigenous communities are being rolled out in the Northern Territory as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). Government business managers,… Continue reading

Addressing Machado Joseph Disease on Groote Eylandt

The Australian Government has committed $100,000 to address Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) in the Groote Eylandt region through the Anindilyakwa Land Council. The disease is a disabling genetic condition which causes nerve cells to die prematurely, causing very significant, progressive… Continue reading

Launch of Banking for the Future Report

An Indigenous financial literacy report released today highlights a strong need for partnerships between government and businesses to deliver financial support to Indigenous people. The Banking for the Future Report looks at ways to improve the financial literacy skills of… Continue reading

R-Rated Restrictions Bill Introduced In Parliament

A Bill was introduced into Parliament today to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, the Northern Territory National Emergency Response Act 2007 and the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The Bill addresses concerns expressed by Indigenous people to… Continue reading

Indigenous Remains Repatriated From Sweden

Indigenous Australian remains held by Sweden will be returned following a landmark handover at Lund University. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, has commended Sweden for its positive cooperation with Australia’s international repatriation program.… Continue reading

Mackay floods

The Prime Minister today announced that the Federal Government would provide additional assistance to Mackay residents seriously affected by the floods. The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) will be made available to those people adversely affected by the storms… Continue reading

Permit system on Aboriginal land in NT

The permit system currently in place for use of major roads to communities in the Northern Territory (NT) will continue. For permits to be abolished the legislation requires the Minister to determine by regulation that access on major roads no… Continue reading

Vital Support for Indigenous Students

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard has today introduced a bill to deliver the Rudd Government’s commitment to provide 200 more teachers to schools in the Northern Territory. This Bill amends the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000, appropriating $7.162… Continue reading

Boost for 2.7 Million Australians

More than 2.7 million Australians will receive increased financial support from 20 March 2008, following legislation introduced into Parliament today. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin said the Government was delivering on its election… Continue reading

Special arrangements for national apology day

Special arrangements are being made to cater for the thousands of people expected at Parliament House next week when a national apology is offered by Parliament to the Stolen Generations. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,… Continue reading

Carer Payment (Child) Report

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs , Jenny Macklin, today released a report by the Carer Payment (child) Review Taskforce, which examines the effectiveness of support to carers of children with a severe disability or medical… Continue reading