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.