Jenny Macklin is the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. She has been the Member for Jagajaga since March 1996 and on taking her seat in parliament immediately joined the Shadow Ministry. In her first term, she held a succession of portfolios covering Aged Care, Social Security, Family Services and the Status of Women. Her portfolio responsibilities as Minister are wide ranging and, in an address to The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 3 June 2009, Jenny Macklin MP chose as her topic the challenges of an ageing Australia, an area of significance for future planning, both socially and financially.

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