Media Releases by The Hon Mal Brough MP

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (NAICD) is a celebration of children and culture, and an opportunity to remind ourselves that, despite ongoing problems, most Indigenous children experience healthy and happy childhoods. Up to 1000 organisations and services are expected… Continue reading

SA child care places continue to grow

The number of child care places in South Australia has grown substantially over the past year as a direct result of the Howard Government’s initiative to uncap new places for most child care services. Minister for Families, Community Services and… Continue reading

Labor offering parents nothing on child care costs

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today slammed Labor for offering parents nothing new to help parents with child care costs. “In more than 30 media releases issued just this year by Labor’s Jenny Macklin, she… Continue reading

Local Solutions in Round Five Local Answers

The Australian Government is providing $20 million in funding for 133 projects in communities across Australia under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy Local Answers initiative. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today said these projects… Continue reading

Jobs and training for Indigenous people in the NT

The Hon Mal Brough MP, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Hon Joe Hockey MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, today announced a further key step in the Emergency Response being implemented in the Northern… Continue reading

Weatherill neglects South Australian citizens

Federal Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today attacked South Australian Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Jay Weatherill for delaying funding for much needed housing in the APY Lands in SA. “The Australian Government put $25… Continue reading

Cape York welfare reform trials to begin in 2008

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced $48 million to fund welfare reform trials in Cape York. Mr Brough said the Australian Government’s agreement to support the trials followed consideration of the recommendations in the… Continue reading

Brough congratulates NAIDOC for 50 years of excellence

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today congratulated all those involved with NAIDOC, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Mr Brough said the National Aborigine and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrations had been… Continue reading

Use of ABA appropriate

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today rejected allegations he had misused the Aboriginal Benefit Account. “A grant through the ABA was provided to The Dreaming Festival to provide for the participation of Northern Territory artists… Continue reading

First NT Emergency Response Taskforce Meeting

The NT Emergency Response Taskforce met today for the first time along with the Prime Minister and the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The ‘Little Children are Sacred‘ Report detailed the shocking extent of child abuse and… Continue reading

NT Taskforce Operational Commander

The Government has appointed Major General Dave Chalmers to be full time Operational Commander of the Northern Territory Emergency Task Force Operational Group. Major General Chalmers will also be a member of the Taskforce Leadership Group, chaired by Magistrate Dr… Continue reading

Government outlines Phase One of NT reform

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today outlined the concept of operations for the next few days and weeks as part of the Howard Government’s NT reform package to protect children. Small survey teams will commence… Continue reading

Queensland Commitment to NT Emergency

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today welcomed a commitment by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie to support the NT emergency operations with Queensland Police. Mr Brough thanked Mr Beattie for a constructive phone discussion today within… Continue reading

NT Emergency Response Taskforce

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced the Taskforce which will advise him on issues surrounding the emergency response strategy to protect children in the Northern Territory. "The Taskforce, to be led by Dr Sue… Continue reading

Queensland police commitment welcome

I welcome reports this morning that Queensland will provide 10 police to the effort to protect children in the Northern Territory. Premier, Peter Beattie’s commitment is very welcome and I thank him for it. Queensland now joins New South Wales… Continue reading

NSW & VIC Support Welcome

I welcome and thank the New South Wales and Victorian Governments for their agreement to provide 10 police each to help in the national emergency to protect children in the Northern Territory. The quick response of these two states to… Continue reading