Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mitchell - The Hon Alex Hawke MP

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As your Fed­eral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I can as­sist with:

Rep­re­sent you in Fed­eral Par­lia­ment Li­aise with Min­is­ter and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments on your be­half with con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages for 50th or 60th Wed­ding An­niver­sary and 90th or 100th Birth­days Aus­tralian De­fence Medal (ADM) and Sa­lut­ing their Ser­vice com­mem­o­ra­tions pro­gram – Cer­tifi­cates of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion

The Greens po­lit­i­cal cam­paign against Australia Day

Re­cently, a small mi­nor­ity of Coun­cils at­tempted to scrap Australia Day on Jan­uary 26.

The Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment has re­sponded strongly and stripped the power from the City of Yarra Coun­cil to hold Cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies in re­sponse to its de­ci­sion to can­cel Australia Day cel­e­bra­tions. We are strongly com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the in­tegrity of our na­tional day. The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians sup­port Australia Day re­main­ing on Jan­uary 26.

This month I wrote to all lo­cal coun­cils re­mind­ing them of their du­ties un­der the Aus­tralian Cit­i­zen­ship Cer­e­monies Code (‘the Code’).

Australia Day is an im­por­tant na­tional celebration that al­lows all of us to come to­gether and cel­e­brate Aus­tralian val­ues, cul­ture and our nation’s great story. I as­sure you all that I will con­tinue to fight for Australia Day to be held on 26 Jan­uary, as it al­ways has been. Two weeks ago I spoke to Ben Ford­ham on 2GB and was in­ter­viewed on The Bolt Re­port and other ra­dio pro­grams. To lis­ten to th­ese in­ter­views please visit www.alex­hawke.com.au.

To stay in touch with de­vel­op­ments with the Australia Day issue or any other mat­ter fol­low my face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/alex­hawkemp­mitchell/.

Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment crack­ing down on Drug Users on Wel­fare

Hard­work­ing Aus­tralians would not ex­pect that their tax dol­lars would be used to fund the drug habits of wel­fare re­cip­i­ents. The Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment is crack­ing down on wel­fare re­cip­i­ents us­ing drugs by in­tro­duc­ing drug test­ing for re­cip­i­ents of the New­start and Youth Al­lowance. The trial will com­mence on 1 Jan­uary 2018 and will ap­ply to 5,000 ran­domly se­lected wel­fare re­cip­i­ents. In NSW there will be about 1750 from the Can­ter­bury-Bankstown area from 1 Jan­uary 2018 that will be af­fected by the new scheme.

Wel­fare re­cip­i­ents that test pos­i­tive will have 80% of their pay­ments quar­an­tined on a cash­less wel­fare card for 24 months and those who fail more than once will be re­ferred to med­i­cal as­sess­ment and treat­ment.

This pro­gram will en­sure peo­ple with sub­stance abuse is­sues are get­ting the help they need and that Aus­tralians have con­fi­dence their taxes aren’t be­ing used to fund il­le­gal life­styles.

Get­ting our young peo­ple into work and out of the cy­cle of sub­stance abuse is in line with our Lib­eral val­ues of in­di­vid­u­al­ism and self-help. The gov­ern­ment is con­tin­u­ing to make sure tax

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