Media Releases by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Permit system no protection for the vulnerable

Some of the arguments used in defence of the permit system fail the commonsense test Minster for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said today. Mr Brough said he was particularly disturbed by the suggestion from the Central… Continue reading

New alcohol restrictions to take effect in NT

Alcohol bans will come into effect in the Northern Territory on Saturday, 15 September 2007 as part of the Australian Government’s Emergency response to child abuse in Aboriginal communities. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today… Continue reading

Labor offering nothing on standards of child care

“Jenny Macklin’s bleating about child care standards is notable for the absence of any solid policy initiative to address the issues,” Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said today. “What Ms Macklin seems to fail to… Continue reading

Historic agreement for 99 year lease in NT

“The signing today of an agreement to lease the Tiwi Islands township of Nguiu will pave the way for a new era of opportunity for the local community,” Minister for Families, Community services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said today.… Continue reading

WA child care places grow after uncapping

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said latest figures showed the significant benefits of lifting limits on Outside School Hours Care and Family Day Care to increase child care availability for Australian families. "In the past… Continue reading

Government delivers $16.8 million to volunteers

The Howard Government is delivering almost $17 million in grants up to $3,000 to more than 7,700 community organisations across Australia. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced the successful recipients of the 2007 Volunteer… Continue reading

Victorian child care places continue to grow

In the last year the number of child care places in Victoria has grown by nine per cent to 152,494, following the Howard Government’s initiative to uncap new places for most child care services in Australia. Minister for Families, Community… Continue reading

1200 New In- Home Care Places

An additional 1,200 In Home Care (IHC) places are now available for families unable to access existing child care services due to their location or working hours. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced the… Continue reading

Pensioners warned of e-mail scam

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today warned age pensioners to be alert to an internet scam, which appears designed to anger pensioners over the level of financial support provided to refugees in Australia. “Emails are… Continue reading

Further Strengthening Australian Child Care

A 20 per cent increase, to $45.5 million, in base funding to Budget Based Funded (BBF) child care services will further strengthen Australia’s child care sector and better support families and their children who rely on these services. In announcing… Continue reading

Howard Government committed to early childhood intervention

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today welcomed Labor’s ‘catch up’ on early childhood intervention. “The Howard Government is already providing $142 million to help children 0-5 years in some of the most disadvantaged communities,” Mr… Continue reading

Bob Brown forgets pensioners

“Bob Brown is overlooking 800,000 pensioners,” Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said today. “It appears Mr Brown’s call for a ‘fair go’ for pensioners is meant to only apply to some pensioners. “Mr Brown wants… Continue reading

Clare Martin highlights need for NT intervention

“The latest comments from Clare Martin regarding the NT National Emergency response, highlight the need for urgent Federal Government intervention,” Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough said today. “For Ms Martin to say that compulsorily acquiring… Continue reading

Groote Eylandt supports 99 year township leases

“A new era of opportunity in the Groote Eylandt region of the Northern Territory was emerging following in principle agreement of the local Anindilyakwa people to enter into a 99 year lease,” Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,… Continue reading