ALEX HAWKE

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Know Your Candidates - Mitchell - Au­tho­rised by Alex Hawke MP Suite 8/23 Ter­mi­nus Street, Cas­tle Hill 2154

I was raised in the North Western sub­urbs of Syd­ney and have al­ways had a strong con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity and deep in­ter­est in poli­cies that will en­sure Aus­tralia’s pros­per­ity. This led me to join­ing the Army Re­serves and af­ter a de­gree and mas­ters at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney, my em­ploy­ment as a min­is­te­rial ad­viser. In 2007, I was for­tu­nate to be elected as the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mitchell, and in Septem­ber 2015 was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion as the As­sis­tant Min­is­ter to the Trea­surer in the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment.

The Coali­tion is the only party with a plan to en­sure we suc­cess­fully tran­si­tion to the new econ­omy. Our plan will pro­vide growth, jobs and a se­cure fu­ture for Aus­tralian fam­i­lies. For the com­mu­nity of Mitchell, more than 17,000 small busi­nesses will ben­e­fit from the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment’s plan through tax cuts and in­cen­tives.

For fam­i­lies, the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment will be re­duc­ing the tax bur­den on peo­ple work­ing hard to get ahead, and we’ll be putting a high pri­or­ity on health.

En­abling Aus­tralians to have ac­cess to a world-class health sys­tem is of the high­est pri­or­ity for the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment. That’s why we’ve pro­vided an ad­di­tional $2.9 bil­lion in pub­lic hos­pi­tal fund­ing over the next three years, which is an in­crease of up to 6.5% a year.

When it comes to Medi­care, the Coali­tion is spend­ing $23 bil­lion on Medi­care just this year. We will spend $26 bil­lion by 2021. Un­der La­bor, Medi­care spend­ing av­er­aged $17 bil­lion per year. It was La­bor that started the Medi­care freeze in 2013. Now, un­der a Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment bulk billing rates are at his­toric highs with GP bulk billing at nearly 85 per cent. Pa­tients are not pay­ing more, but what we have been able to do by main­tain­ing the freeze is con­strain spend­ing. By liv­ing within our means, new life­sav­ing drugs have been put onto the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Ben­e­fits Scheme.

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