Jenny Macklin is the Member for Jagajaga, in Melbourne’s North-East and the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services.
Jenny was born in Brisbane and attended Primary School in Cohuna and High School in Wangaratta, in Northern Victoria.
As a Minister in the Rudd Labor Government, Jenny oversaw the historic apologies to the Stolen Generations and the Forgotten Generation.
“I believe in a social security system that both protects people in hard times and invests in their future success.”
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 2010 Jenny oversaw the implementation of Australia's first National Paid Parental Leave Scheme. Since its introduction in 2011 nearly one million Australians have accessed Labor’s paid parental leave scheme.
“Inequality is not just immoral – it is economically irresponsible.”
Jenny's strong personal commitment to reforming the disability services sector in Australia saw her drive the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the most significant social policy reform since Medicare.
Jenny led Labor’s fight against the Abbott Government’s unfair cuts to pensions, families and young people contained in the 2014 Budget.
Tackling growing inequality has become a central policy focus of Jenny’s and in 2016 she delivered Growing Together - Labor’s Agenda for Tackling Inequality.