Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Manager of Government Business in the Senate
A Better Deal for Australians with Disability
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, will present the Yooralla Media Award for Excellence at a National Press Club address as part of the lead-up to International Day of People with Disability on 3 December.

The Minister will speak about the Government’s commitment to a better deal for Australians with disability, through securing their social and economic participation, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme, increasing choice for people with disability, and supporting carers. The Government is also committed to observing the International Day of People with Disability as an opportunity to increase awareness of disability and reflect on how we can continue to take steps to increase the inclusiveness of our community.

Minister Fifield was sworn in as Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament on 1 April 2004 and re-elected at the 2007 and 2013 elections.

Mitch was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Social Services on 16 September 2013 with responsibility for disability and ageing.

Mitch also serves as a member of the Government Leadership Group and the Senate Leadership team as Manager of Government Business in the Senate.

Prior to being appointed as Minister, Mitch served for four years as the Shadow for Disabilities and Carers.

Before entering Parliament, Mitch worked as a senior political adviser to the former Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, and held senior advisory positions in the Victorian Kennett and New South Wales Greiner governments. Mitch has served as a reservist in the Australian Army Psychology Corps and studied politics at Sydney University.

Mitch was an Ambassador for the not-for-profit school music organisation The Song Room and served as an Advisory Board Member for the Yachad Accelerated Learning Project for Indigenous students. Mitch is a founding director of the Sir Paul Hasluck Foundation.

The Yooralla Media Awards recognise reporting across all media that has helped to challenge stereotypes that unfairly define people with a disability

It is awarded for coverage that accurately, positively and sensitively portrays the achievements of people with a disability and the myriad of issues they face.

There are nine awards in five categories covering Print, Photojournalism, Online, Radio and Television. The winner of the Yooralla Media Award for Excellence is presented to the overall winner of all the categories.

The judging panel for 2013 are Alan Howe, Executive Editor of the Herald & Weekly Times; Michelle Grattan, Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation and former Political Editor of The Age; former journalist Kirsten Deane, Executive Director of the National Disability and Carer Alliance and the Deputy Campaign Director of the Every Australian Counts Campaign; Ross Stevenson, a member of 3AW’s top-rating breakfast program; Steve Carey, Partner of Newsflash Media and former Director of News for Seven News Melbourne; Graeme Innes, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner and the Hon Kelly Vincent MP, Dignity for Disability Party’s representative in the South Australian Parliament.

The judges represent some of Australia’s most lauded and talented journalists, media commentators and disability advocates.

For more information, please visit the Yooralla Media Awards website.