Op­por­tu­nity - a fair go for those who have a go

Monthly Chronicle - - Local Politics - PAUL FLETCHER MP

The prin­ci­ples of op­por­tu­nity and fair­ness are what the Mor­ri­son Govern­ment’s poli­cies are based on. Over the last two months, our govern­ment has been get­ting on with the job of cre­at­ing op­por­tu­nity for all Aus­tralians.

We’ve de­liv­ered fair and eq­ui­table fund­ing for schools through our Qual­ity Schools pack­age; pro­vid­ing $309.6 bil­lion of fund­ing for state schools, in­de­pen­dent schools and Catholic schools be­tween 2018 and 2029.

We’ve es­tab­lished a Royal Com­mis­sion into Aged Care Qual­ity and Safety. It is so im­por­tant that when we en­trust our loved ones to the aged care sec­tor they are treated with the dig­nity and re­spect that they de­serve. This Royal Com­mis­sion is de­signed to iden­tify any prob­lems - and what is needed to fix them.

We’ve im­ple­mented tar­geted re­sponses to the drought af­fect­ing our farm­ers; cut­ting red tape to al­low for timely de­liv­ery of cru­cial sup­plies and pro­vid­ing di­rect as­sis­tance and con­ces­sional loans to the value of $1.8 bil­lion.

I have a par­tic­u­lar op­por­tu­nity to put th­ese val­ues of op­por­tu­nity and fair­ness into ac­tion, hav­ing been ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Fam­i­lies and So­cial Ser­vices in the Mor­ri­son Govern­ment - a port­fo­lio which serves mil­lions of Aus­tralians.

In this port­fo­lio I have been con­tin­u­ing the work on the roll­out of the cash­less debit card, a pol­icy aimed to re­duce the preva­lence of drug and al­co­hol abuse among wel­fare re­cip­i­ents, con­tin­u­ing the roll­out of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme, and work­ing with the Min­is­ter for Women, the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP, to tackle do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in Aus­tralia.

My mo­ti­va­tion for en­ter­ing pol­i­tics was to do my part to help make our great coun­try even greater. It is a great priv­i­lege to now be able to take on a lead­er­ship role in a pol­icy area which has such a pro­found so­cial and eco­nomic im­pact in our na­tion.

It is no doubt un­for­tu­nate that re­cent events have been a dis­trac­tion from our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a govern­ment. But now, the Mor­ri­son Govern­ment has its fo­cus firmly where it needs to be – on cre­at­ing op­por­tu­nity for the Aus­tralian peo­ple.

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