Te­han ex­pands on bud­get de­ci­sions

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Mem­ber for Wan­non Dan Te­han has con­tin­ued to out­line what the fed­eral bud­get means for his elec­torate.

He said the gov­ern­ment was stick­ing to its plan ‘to build a stronger econ­omy to ben­e­fit all Aus­tralians’. Here is what he said in fur­ther de­tail – We are de­liv­er­ing tax relief with a fo­cus on low and mid­dle-in­come earn­ers, we are boost­ing in­fra­struc­ture, in­vest­ing in safety and re­spon­si­bly re­turn­ing the bud­get to bal­ance.

Un­der the gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic plan, jobs are be­ing cre­ated, in­vest­ment is ris­ing, and the bud­get is strength­en­ing. This means that we can con­tinue to guar­an­tee the es­sen­tial ser­vices Aus­tralians rely on. Our plan will: • De­liver lower, fairer and sim­pler taxes to en­cour­age and re­ward hard­work­ing Aus­tralians;

• Back busi­nesses to in­vest and cre­ate more jobs, build­ing on our leg­is­lated tax cuts for small and medium en­ter­prise, sup­port­ing busi­nesses to com­pete glob­ally and de­liv­er­ing in­fra­struc­ture that in­dus­try and work­ers rely on;

• Guar­an­tee the es­sen­tial ser­vices that Aus­tralians rely on in­clud­ing record fund­ing for hos­pi­tals and schools, a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to aged care so older Aus­tralians can live life to the full, and guar­an­teed fund­ing for dis­abil­ity ser­vices;

• Keep Aus­tralians safe by strength­en­ing se­cu­rity at air­ports and in­vest­ing more in our in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity ser­vice so they can re­spond to new and challenging threats; and

• En­sure the gov­ern­ment lives within its means with a fore­cast re­turn to mod­est bud­get bal­ance in 2019-20, in­creas­ing to a pro­jected sur­plus of $11 bil­lion in 2020-21; no longer bor­row­ing to pay for es­sen­tial ser­vices; and the low­est av­er­age real growth in pay­ments of any Gov­ern­ment in the last 50 years.

Our tax-relief plan will en­cour­age and re­ward hard­work­ing Aus­tralians. Wan­non’s 48,982 tax­pay­ers will ben­e­fit from the low and mid­dlein­come tax relief un­der our plan to re­duce cost pres­sures on house­hold bud­gets.

There is great news for the 17,408 lo­cal busi­nesses and farm­ers, with the $20,000 in­stant as­set write-off con­tin­u­ing for an­other year, help­ing small busi­ness and farm­ers in­vest in new equip­ment. This is on top of leg­is­lated tax cuts for small and medium busi­nesses that are help­ing them grow, cre­ate more jobs and pay higher wages.

The Turn­bull gov­ern­ment’s $75-bil­lion rolling in­fra­struc­ture plan will con­tinue build­ing the roads, rail and air­port net­work Aus­tralia needs to strengthen the econ­omy, bust con­ges­tion in our cities and make ru­ral roads safer.

The ben­e­fits of the Turn­bull gov­ern­ment’s in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment for the com­mu­ni­ties of Wan­non in­clude:

• Bet­ter con­nect­ing our re­gion with im­proved road and rail net­works;

• Con­firms our com­mit­ment of $958 mil­lion in Fed­eral fund­ing for $1.4-bil­lion of on­go­ing road and rail projects across Wan­non, in­clud­ing: $25-mil­lion, Great Ocean Road up­grade; $20-mil­lion, Green Tri­an­gle Roads up­grades; 240-mil­lion, Mur­ray Basin Freight Rail project; $20-mil­lion, Princes High­way West, Co­lac to the SA Bor­der up­grade; $104-mil­lion, War­rnam­bool Rail up­grade; $25-mil­lion, Ararat by­pass pre­con­struc­tion; $25-mil­lion, Beau­fort by­pass pre­con­struc­tion; $499-mil­lion, Western High­way, Bal­larat to Stawell du­pli­ca­tion;

• Con­firms the on­go­ing com­mit­ment to help lo­cal gov­ern­ment main­tain and up­grade its lo­cal roads with $10.4-mil­lion al­lo­cated un­der the Roads to Re­cov­ery pro­gram;

• Cre­ates a $3.5-bil­lion ‘Roads of Strate­gic Im­por­tance’ ini­tia­tive for up­grad­ing key freight routes – which will boost our re­gional com­mu­ni­ties by mov­ing our freight ef­fi­ciently to our ports and mar­kets.

Ex­tend­ing com­mu­nity grants pro­grams that in­vest di­rectly in eco­nomic and so­cial in­fra­struc­ture:

• We’ve ex­tended the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund – which de­liv­ered 26,000 jobs and 250 projects in the first round – with an ad­di­tional $200-mil­lion now avail­able through a third round; and the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram has been ex­tended to a fourth round with an ad­di­tional $22.5-mil­lion with $150,000 avail­able in Wan­non for projects that de­liver so­cial ben­e­fits.

We are also guar­an­tee­ing the es­sen­tial ser­vices that peo­ple in Wan­non rely on, in­clud­ing: Keep­ing our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties safe • An ad­di­tional $30-mil­lion over two years to ex­tend the Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Fund to pro­vide grants for lo­cal se­cu­rity in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing im­prov­ing light­ing and in­stalling CCTV in lo­cal hotspots. In­vest­ing in your health • A Work­force In­cen­tive Pro­gram will en­cour­age 3000 doc­tors and 3000 nurses to our re­gional ar­eas, in­clud­ing lo­ca­tions such as Hey­wood, Mort­lake, Skip­ton and Port­land; fund­ing for Medi­care has been guar­an­teed in leg­is­la­tion; and fund­ing of the NDIS to pro­vide Aus­tralians with a per­ma­nent and sig­nif­i­cant dis­abil­ity has been guar­an­teed. Pro­mot­ing a healthy and ac­tive Aus­tralia • $29.7-mil­lion un­der the Com­mu­nity Sport In­fra­struc­ture pro­gram to fund im­proved sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties around Aus­tralia, with in­fra­struc­ture grants of $10,000 to $500,000 avail­able; and ex­pand­ing the Lo­cal Sport­ing Cham­pi­ons pro­gram, sup­port­ing Wan­non youth par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Sup­port­ing re­gional stu­dents with im­proved ac­cess to Youth Al­lowance:

• From Jan­uary 1, 2019, the parental in­come cut-off for the re­gional work­force self-sup­port­ing in­de­pen­dence cri­te­ria will in­crease from $150,000 to $160,000; and the cut-off will also in­crease by $10,000 for each ad­di­tional child in the fam­ily, recog­nis­ing the ex­tra costs of rais­ing larger fam­i­lies.

Sup­port­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der stu­dents who need to travel away for ed­u­ca­tion:

• From Jan­uary 1, 2019, the gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce safe-travel pro­vi­sions for school stu­dents who un­der­take jour­neys us­ing the ABSTUDY Fares Al­lowance; and from Jan­uary 1, 2019, ABSTUDY Board­ing Sup­ple­ment will be in­te­grated into the Liv­ing Al­lowance to cre­ate one com­mon pay­ment for board­ing stu­dents.

We are guar­an­tee­ing the es­sen­tial ser­vices Wan­non fam­i­lies rely on, by in­creas­ing to­tal health and hos­pi­tals fund­ing by 30 per­cent; de­liv­er­ing a 50 per­cent av­er­age in­crease per stu­dent in fair, real needs-based school fund­ing over the decade, and more child-care sup­port to fam­i­lies who need it most.

Our More Choices for a Longer Life plan will help older res­i­dents live healthy and con­nected lives with in­creased fi­nan­cial and skills sup­port and 14,000 more home care places.

Our plan for a stronger econ­omy means that Aus­tralians can plan for their fu­ture with con­fi­dence. – Mem­ber for Wan­non, Dan Te­han

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