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MACKLIN, the Hon. Jennifer (Jenny) LouiseBiography for MACKLIN, the Hon. Jennifer (Jenny) Louise

Member for Jagajaga (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Jagajaga, Victoria, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 3.12.07 to 14.12.11.

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 14.12.11 to 18.9.13.

Minister for Disability Reform from 14.12.11 to 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Family and Community Affairs from 29.5.96 to 31.8.98; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 4.12.13 to 18.3.14.

Joint Standing: National Disability Insurance Scheme from 4.12.13 to 9.5.16 and from 15.9.16

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Minister for the Aged, Family and Community Services from 20.3.96 to 27.3.97.

Shadow Minister for Social Security, the Aged and Family Services from 27.3.97 to 26.8.97.

Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition on the Status of Women from 26.8.97 to 20.10.98.

Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Aged from 26.8.97 to 20.10.98.

Shadow Minister for Health from 20.10.1998 to 25.11.2001.

Shadow Minister for Status of Women from 20.10.1998 to 5.9.2000.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 22.11.01 to 4.12.06.

Shadow Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Science from 25.11.01 to 2.7.03.

Shadow Minister for Status of Women from 6.12.02 to 18.2.03.

Shadow Minister for Employment, Education and Training from 2.7.03 to 26.10.04.

Shadow Minister for Education, Training, Science and Research from 26.10.04 to 10.12.06.

Shadow Minister for Families and Community Services from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07

Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation from 10.12.06 to 3.12.07.

Shadow Minister for Families and Payments from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Disability Reform from 18.10.13 to 23.07.16.

Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services from 23.07.16.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Manufacturing Industry Policy Committee (Vic) 1981-85.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) from 1995.

Delegate, ALP National Conference from 1998.

Member, ALP National Executive 1998-2001.

Senior Vice-President, ALP 2000-03.


Born 29.12.1953 at Brisbane, Qld.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BComm (Hons) (Melb).

Researcher, Australian National University 1976-78.

Economics Research Specialist, Legislative Research Service, Parliamentary Library, Canberra 1978-81.

Research Coordinator, Labor Resource Centre 1981-85.

Adviser to the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon. DR White, MLC 1985-88.

Director, National Health Strategy 1990-93.

Director, Australian Urban and Regional Development Review 1993-95.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: north-eastern Melbourne; it includes the suburbs of Bellfield, Briar Hill, Bundoora (part), Eaglemont, Eltham, Greensborough (part), Heidelberg, Heidelberg West, Ivanhoe, Kangaroo Ground, Macleod (part), Montmorency, Research, Rosanna, St Helena, Viewbank, North Warrandyte, Watsonia and Yallambie.

Area: 128 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 103 132 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: commercial and light industries, Simpson Army Barracks and Austin Hospital.