Media Releases by The Hon Mal Brough MP

More volunteers to share in $10 million

An additional $10 million will be distributed to assist volunteers in more than 4,400 community organisations across Australia in response to an unprecedented funding application round for Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG.) Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,… Continue reading

ACT Seniors Week

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today acknowledged the start of Seniors Week in the ACT. "This is an appropriate time that we all, as an entire community, pay tribute to the valuable role that so… Continue reading

NSW Seniors Week

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today acknowledged the start of Seniors Week in New South Wales. "This is an appropriate time that we all, as an entire community, pay tribute to the valuable role that… Continue reading

3.9 million Australians to receive increased payments

More than 3.9 million Australians will receive increased pensions, allowances and supplementary payments, following the 0.8 per cent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 6 months to December 2006. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,… Continue reading

Deeming rates increase to reflect higher market returns

Deeming rates for social security payments will rise following an announcement today by Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Joe Hockey and Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop.… Continue reading

Review recommends major reform of Indigenous housing

Indigenous Affairs Minister, Mal Brough, today released the report of the independent review of the Community Housing and Infrastructure Programme (CHIP) Living in a Sunburnt Country which recommends major reforms in the funding and delivery of Indigenous housing. "CHIP, previously… Continue reading

2007 Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Awards

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today announced nominations had opened for the 2007 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships. The Minister encouraged community business partnerships contributing to a better Australia to apply… Continue reading

Social Security Agreement with Japan

A new Social Security Agreement between Australia and Japan will help to promote closer economic relations between the two countries and provide better access to age pensions for individuals who have worked in both countries. The Minister for Families, Community… Continue reading

NIC Report to Government formally released

The Australian Government today released the National Indigenous Council Report to Government, January – December 2006. Minister for Families, Community services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said last year was a period of major change in the Indigenous affairs landscape… Continue reading

COAG Indigenous Trials

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) trials operating in eight Indigenous communities across Australia will be built on as part of the Government’s Blueprint for Action in Indigenous Affairs, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, announced… Continue reading

Petrol-Sniffing Campaign Expanded

Minister for Health and Ageing Tony Abbott and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Mal Brough have announced the Australian Government’s expanded efforts to help Indigenous communities address petrol sniffing and other substance abuse problems. Mr Brough said the Government’s Central Australian… Continue reading

Macklin wrong again

"If Labor doesn’t accept that major Australian Government initiatives in Indigenous communities to improve law and order and enhance community safety aren’t the right approach, perhaps she should put her plans on the table," Minister for Families, Community Services and… Continue reading

Brough calls on Beattie to go further with Indigenous agenda

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie’s support for shared responsibility agreements with Cape York Indigenous communities is a welcome development," Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said today. "The Australian Government has been working cooperatively with the states… Continue reading

Only Macklin’s Bananas on Child Care

“The Labor Party is in no position to attack the Coalition on child care fees given its appalling record when in office,” Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said today. “Under the Coalition the overwhelming majority… Continue reading

ALP’s 600+ waiting lists versus one hotline

The re-announcement today by the Australian Labor Party of council-run child care waiting lists is nothing but smoke and mirrors. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today said the policy was flawed the first time it… Continue reading

Further $14.2 million commitment to help families

27 new Early Intervention Service preferred providers have been announced today by the Australian Government at a further investment of $14.2 million. In announcing the new providers, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough said a wide… Continue reading

Brough welcomes Street’s decision

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough today acknowledged the decision by Sir Laurence Street that the policeman involved in the death of Mulrunji will be prosecuted. Mr Brough said, as was stated at the time of… Continue reading

Palm Island

I am today urging Queensland Premier Peter Beattie to arrange for a review or ‘second opinion’ of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ decision not to proceed with prosecution in relation to death of Mulrunji Doomadgee. It is important that we… Continue reading