Media Releases by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Act of Recognition passes

Australia has moved closer towards constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the Act of Recognition passing the House of Representatives today. The Prime Minister was joined in the House by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and… Continue reading

Government to reduce pension deeming rates

The Australian Government will reduce the pension deeming rates from 20 March 2013 to benefit more than 740,000 pensioners by better reflecting returns available to them from their financial investments. Deeming rates reflect the standard rates of return that pensioners… Continue reading

Beware of scammers asking for NDIS fees

People are being warned to beware of contact from anyone claiming to work for the Government who tries to make them pay an administration fee to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). These claims are false. There is no… Continue reading

National Disability Strategy – a blueprint for action

A report setting out how governments across Australia will work together to deliver the National Disability Strategy has been tabled by the Standing Council on Community and Disability Services to the Council of Australian Governments. The Minister for Disability Reform,… Continue reading

Supporting families in Reid

The Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin, and the Member for Reid, John Murphy, today met with local families at Auburn West Public School to discuss the important support the Gillard Government is providing to help give kids a great education.… Continue reading

Abbott’s secret plan will cost families

Tony Abbott’s secret plan for Northern Australia will cost ordinary Australian families, who will be made to pay for his plans to shift people up north. Mr Abbott’s proposal to slug Australian families for the price of his secret plan… Continue reading

Continued funding for Reconciliation Australia

The Australian Government has today announced funding of $14.4 million over four years for Reconciliation Australia’s work to promote reconciliation and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Reconciliation Australia helps businesses and organisations develop Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs)… Continue reading

Long-term impacts of child sexual abuse

New research released today shows child sexual abuse has significant lifelong negative impacts for survivors, affecting their behaviour, relationships, mental health and physical health, and increasing their likelihood of addiction. The Australian Institute of Family Studies research report, The long-term… Continue reading

Geelong gets ready for the NDIS

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin and the Member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman have announced that around 80 people will be employed in and around Geelong as part of preparations for the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme… Continue reading

Supporting new parents in McEwen

The Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin, and Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, today visited new mums in Doreen in Melbourne’s north-east to discuss how the Gillard Government is supporting families. From January 1 this year new families have been able… Continue reading

Newcastle gets ready for the NDIS

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and Member for Newcastle, Sharon Grierson, today visited local disability service provider, ConnectAbility Australia, to discuss how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will deliver extra jobs and services to Newcastle. The NDIS… Continue reading

New Ranger Mine agreements

The Mirarr Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people in the wider Kakadu and West Arnhem region will benefit from a suite of new agreements for the Ranger Uranium Mine agreed to by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the… Continue reading

Liberals claw back cash from families

The Member for Sturt, Christopher Pyne, today told SKY News that an Abbott Government will hurt families by cutting the Schoolkids Bonus. His comments come at the same time as more than one million Australian families are benefiting from their… Continue reading