Lo­cal re­ac­tion to Fed­eral Bud­get

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As Fed­eral bud­gets go, last week’s was fairly un­event­ful for the Pil­bara re­gion.

Like ev­ery­one in the coun­try, if you work, you’re a bank or a univer­sity stu­dent, you’re about to find your hip pocket hit.

If you are look­ing to buy your first home, are a pen­sioner want­ing to down­size, or run a small busi­ness, life just got a tad eas­ier.

When it comes to mea­sures specif­i­cally tar­get­ing the Pil­bara, they were thin­ner on the ground, al­though the an­nounce­ment of two new trial ar­eas for the cash­less wel­fare card has sparked in­ter­est in Hed­land, in par­tic­u­lar.

Other an­nounce­ments likely to af­fect the Pil­bara in­clude the mon­i­tor­ing of in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums, es­tab­lish­ment of the Re­gional In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and mea­sures to de­velop north­ern Aus­tralia with in­vest­ment into cat­tle sup­ply and roads.

High­lights of the Bud­get, handed down by Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son last Tues­day, in­cluded an ex­tra 0.5 per cent to hit ev­ery in­come-earner from 2019, with the Medi­care levy set to rise to 2.5 per cent to help plug the fund­ing hole in the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing in his speech that it had “been a fair while since most hard­work­ing Aus­tralians have had a de­cent pay rise”, the Trea­surer also said they “could not pass a bur­den and fore­sake our obli­ga­tions to the next gen­er­a­tion”.

Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price said the Bud­get was aimed at de­liv­er­ing and guar­an­tee­ing the ser­vices Aus­tralians ex­pected their Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide them with. “I am very pleased to see an in­crease in schools fund­ing for ev­ery school in the Pil­bara, as they were not re­ceiv­ing their fair share of fund­ing un­der the old model,” she said.

“We have ex­panded the hugely suc­cess­ful Ger­ald­ton Univer­sity Cen­tre Model to six new lo­ca­tions around the coun­try, and the Pil­bara may very well have one of these in the fu­ture.”

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