Ju­lian Lesser MP - Fed­eral Mem­ber for Berowra

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - IN THIS ISSUE -

With three weeks in Can­berra in Novem­ber, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has fi­nalised a busy leg­isla­tive pe­riod. We have passed sev­eral key pieces of leg­is­la­tion through par­lia­ment and de­liv­ered on many of the prom­ises we took to the elec­tion.

In Oc­to­ber, we pro­vided a mid­dle in­come tax con­ces­sion. Pre­vi­ously, the in­come tax rate of 37% cut in at $80,000, now it cuts in at $87,000. This has given hard-work­ing Aus­tralians earn­ing over $80,000 a tax cut. Re­flect­ing changes in pur­chas­ing power and con­sumer price in­dex in the tax rate struc­ture is im­por­tant to en­sure peo­ple aren’t bur­dened with what would oth­er­wise ef­fec­tively be a tax in­crease.

The Gov­ern­ment also passed amend­ments to the su­per­an­nu­a­tion sys­tem, de­signed to make it both more sus­tain­able and eq­ui­table, while in­creas­ing the in­tegrity and fair­ness of the sys­tem. In pass­ing this leg­is­la­tion, the Gov­ern­ment lis­tened to the con­sid­er­able com­mu­nity feed­back on its orig­i­nal pro­posal and, most im­por­tantly, aban­doned the pro­posed $500,000 after tax con­ces­sional cap.

Two other im­por­tant bills to pass Par­lia­ment were the Reg­is­tered Or­gan­i­sa­tions Bill and the Aus­tralian Build­ing Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion Bill, the two bills that were the trig­gers for the dou­ble dis­so­lu­tion elec­tion. The Reg­is­tered Or­gan­i­sa­tions Bill will see all unions and em­ployer groups sub­ject to sim­i­lar lev­els of gov­er­nance trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity as com­pa­nies. The re-es­tab­lish­ment of the ABCC will boost pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­store the rule of law to the con­struc­tion sec­tor, hold­ing re­cal­ci­trant unions such as the CFMEU to ac­count for their be­hav­iour on build­ing sites.

We have also passed key re­forms to vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, once again fix­ing a mess caused by Labor, and at the same time sav­ing tax­pay­ers bil­lions of dol­lars. Un­der this Gov­ern­ment, com­mence­ments in tra­di­tional ap­pren­tice­ships are begin­ning to im­prove and we are ad­dress­ing ways in which we can­not just get more young Aus­tralians to start ap­pren­tice­ships, but ways in which we can en­sure that they are com­plet­ing ap­pren­tice­ships. And in the fi­nal hours of Par­lia­ment, we achieved res­o­lu­tion on the Back­packer Tax giv­ing cer­tainty to Aus­tralian farm­ers through a com­pet­i­tive tax rate for work­ing hol­i­day mak­ers.

It’s been a busy year and the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment has made sig­nif­i­cant head­way in im­ple­ment­ing the agenda it was elected on. But there is so much more to do next year, in­clud­ing pas­sage of our pro­posed small busi­ness tax cuts and con­tin­u­ing our work to bal­ance the bud­get black hole in­her­ited from the Labor Party.

As the weather con­tin­ues to warm, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind all of our res­i­dents to Plan and Pre­pare so that you, your fam­ily and your home is pre­pared in the event a bush­fire breaks out in Berowra over the course of the sum­mer. Visit the NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice at http://www.rfs.nsw. gov.au/plan-and-pre­pare to know your risk and cre­ate your Bush Fire Sur­vival Plan today.

Fi­nally, I would like to wish you and your fam­ily a very Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year. 2017 is al­ready shap­ing up to be an ex­cit­ing year and I look forward to your con­tin­ued in­put and sup­port to make it our most pros­per­ous yet. As al­ways, if there is any­thing I can do to as­sist you please do not hes­i­tate in con­tact­ing my of­fice on (02) 9980 1822 or by email­ing me at Ju­lian. Leeser.MP@aph.gov.au.

Gordon Mor­gan and Ju­lian Leeser

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