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The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform.
October 31, 2012
11.30am - 1.30pm
"Making a National Disability Insurance Scheme Real"
Yooralla Media Awards – 10.15am – 11.30am
National Press Club Address – 11.30am – 1.30pm.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the biggest social reform in Australia in decades. In her first address to the National Press Club on this important topic, Jenny Macklin will outline the next steps the Federal Government is taking to build an NDIS and how this work is being shaped by those at the centre of this reform - people with disability, their families and carers.
Jenny Macklin is the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform.
Included in this event is the presentation of the Yooralla Media Awards.
Jenny was born is Brisbane and attended Primary School in Cohuna and High School in Wangaratta, both towns in Northern Victoria. Jenny also spent a year on exchange in Japan during her secondary school education.
Upon the election of the Rudd Labor Government in 2007, Jenny was appointed the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
In this role Jenny oversaw the historic apologies to the Stolen Generations and the Forgotten Generation. Jenny was also responsible for the most significant reforms to Australia's pension system in its 100 year history. These reforms delivered pension increases, a new pension supplement, a pension Work Bonus and a new indexation system.
In September 2010 Jenny was re-appointed Minister as part of the Gillard Government and oversaw the implementation of Australia's first National Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
In December 2011 Jenny was appointed the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, reflecting Jenny's strong personal commitment to reforming the disability services sector in Australia.
The Yooralla Media Awards recognise reporting across all media that has helped to challenge stereotypes that unfairly define people with disability. They were first held in 2009.
The Presentation of this year’s awards is being held at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 31st October prior to the National Press Club Address which will be given by the Hon Jenny Macklin MP. Hugh Riminton, Political Editor of Channel 10 will act as MC for the awards presentation and the Yooralla Media Award for Excellence will be presented by the Hon Jenny Macklin MP at the beginning of the Address.
These awards celebrate coverage that accurately, positively and sensitively portrays the achievements of people with disability and the issues they face.
The Yooralla Media Awards attract entries from around Australia in print, broadcast and online media and photojournalism categories.
Some of Australia’s finest journalists form part of the judging panel for these awards, including Alan Howe, Executive Editor of the Herald & Weekly Times; Michelle Grattan, Canberra-based Political Editor of The Age; Ross Stevenson, a member of 3AW’s top-rating breakfast program; and Steve Carey, Director of News for Seven News Melbourne.
They are joined by Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, chair of the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council and former CEO of the Australian Commission for the Future; Fiona Smith, Trustee of the Reichstein Foundation, Governor of the Australian Council of Social Services and Yooralla Board member; and Kirsten Deane, Executive Director of the National Disability and Carer Alliance.
Hugh Riminton, Political Editor of Channel 10 will act as MC for the awards presentation and the Yooralla Media Award for Excellence will be presented by the Hon Jenny Macklin MP at the beginning of the Address.
For more information, please visit the Yooralla Media Awards website.
Registrations for this event are now closed. Please contact the reception for further details.