Media Releases by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Woomera buildings gifted to Indigenous communities

The facilities include accommodation units, toilet blocks, demountable classrooms, playground equipment and shade structures. Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Minister Amanda Vanstone said the buildings – which have been kept as a contingency since April 2003 – were surplus to requirements.… Continue reading

Report confirms child care costly under Labor

A report into the cost of child care in Australia clearly shows Australians families are better off today than they were under a Labor government 10 years ago, Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough said today. Responding to the… Continue reading

Labor dumps ‘double drop-off’ plan

A month after releasing its cobbled together child care policy, Labor is retreating on its claim of ending double drop-offs by co-locating child care centres on schools. In media reports today, Labor’s childcare spokeswoman Tania Plibersek said a Labor government… Continue reading

Victoria’s child care priority is all wrong

The Victorian Labor Government’s committee on child care waiting lists will duplicate Australian Government work while ignoring important health and safety issues, Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough said today. Responding to the Victorian Government’s announcement of a taskforce… Continue reading

Panthers on the prowl thanks to $90,000 SRA

The West Inala Panthers Rugby League Club has been kitted out for season 2006 as part of a $90,000 Shared Responsibility Agreement signed with the Howard Government today. Officially presenting new club jerseys to the Open Division team in Brisbane,… Continue reading

Ray of Sunshine for people with special needs

The Sunshine Coast Recreational and Equestrian Park, at Doonan, was today officially handed over to the House With No Steps. Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough presented a plaque to mark the occasion. "This unique park is a purpose-built… Continue reading

Relationship support for Sunshine Coast

Couples in the Maroochydore area will for the first time have access to a nation-wide relationship counselling service. Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough today officially opened the Maroochydore office, set up by Relationships Australia Queensland with the Najidah… Continue reading

Recruitment drive for 1200 Family Day Care workers

Recruiting an extra 1200 Family Day Care workers is the target for a campaign launched today by Family and Community Services Minister Mal Brough. Mr Brough said the National Family Day Care Council of Australia’s recruitment campaign, Let’s Get Building,… Continue reading

Turning the tide on philanthropic advice

The number of high-income Australians being encouraged to be philanthropic has increased by more than 200 per cent since 2002. Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough today launched a Queensland University of Technology report based on a survey of… Continue reading

Australian first child care places hotline

Parents searching for a child care place will for the first time have access to a central hotline across Australia, Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough announced today. Mr Brough said parents will be able to find out the… Continue reading

Labor double whammy for NSW pre-schoolers

More than 3500 childcare places could be freed up in NSW if the Iemma Labor Government funded pre-schools to the same rate as other states. Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough said the Iemma Government spends the least amount… Continue reading

Labor’s child care push penalises parents

Labor wants to penalise parents by restricting them from gaining access to child care places, Families and Community Services Minister said today. A media statement today by Opposition Childcare spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek has demonstrated she has little understanding of childcare.… Continue reading

Repatriation of Indigenous remains from Britain

Remains of Indigenous Australians are being repatriated from British museums within months following an historic agreement between the two governments. Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough said six British museums have agreed to return remains since last year. "This is more… Continue reading

Indigenous education report

Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough today welcomed the release of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research report into Indigenous education. "It is a worthwhile contribution to the evidence base and will help guide policy thinking in Indigenous education and… Continue reading

Cyclone Larry assistance

Assistance includes: Ex-gratia payments to people whose family home was destroyed or uninhabitable for at least two weeks. The relief amounts to $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child. A further $1 million to the Cyclone Larry Relief… Continue reading

$600,000 to expand Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Families and Community Services Minister, Mal Brough, today announced a $600,000 Australian Government grant to expand the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia. The funding is being made available to support the Prime Minister’s challenge which aims to increase participation… Continue reading

Awards recognise community partnerships

Partnerships which strengthen communities will be recognised by the 2006 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships, Family and Community Services Minister Mal Brough said today. Mr Brough said the awards recognised the significant social benefits achieved when… Continue reading

14,650 more child care places

An extra 14,650 Outside School Hours Care places are being made available to further help parents wanting to work. Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough said the Howard Government was continuing to act on its 2005-06 Budget commitment to… Continue reading

Boost in Indigenous school retention rates

School retention rates among Indigenous students have climbed significantly over the past five years, Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough said today. Mr Brough said the retention rate for full-time students from Year 7/8 to Year 10 increased from 83 per… Continue reading

$1.37m for NT housing project

Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough today announced $1.37 million in Australian Government funding for an Indigenous housing project in the Northern Territory. The project, at Nhulunbuy, has been developed by the local traditional owners, the Rirratingu people, and is supported… Continue reading

$10.80 pay rise for age pensioners

About 1.9 million age pensioners will benefit from a rise of up to $10.80 a fortnight in pension rates from March 20. Minister for Families and Community Services Mal Brough said today the maximum single rate of pension will rise… Continue reading