Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Berowra & Macquarie - Know Your Candidates -

Louise Markus, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mac­quarie said the up­com­ing elec­tion is a clear choice be­tween the Coali­tion’s Plan for a strong new econ­omy, with more jobs and more op­por­tu­nity, or La­bor’s higher taxes, more waste and weak bor­ders.

A Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment will se­cure a more pros­per­ous fu­ture for the peo­ple of Mac­quarie, and Greater Western Syd­ney fam­i­lies, through in­no­va­tive in­dus­tries, a strong de­fence plan, trade deals that will give our farm­ers a com­pet­i­tive edge and through a pack­age that will grow small busi­nesses and cre­ate jobs.

As a mother and a for­mer so­cial worker of 25 years I un­der­stand the im­por­tance of in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and jobs for youth – our fu­ture lead­ers.

Young peo­ple in Mac­quarie will ben­e­fit from the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment’s ed­u­ca­tion plan which in­cludes an in­crease in re­cur­rent fund­ing by 27 per cent. This fund­ing will be needs-based to sup­port stu­dent achieve­ment.

Youth look­ing for work will ben­e­fit from the Youth Jobs PaTH ini­tia­tive which of­fers an in­tern­ship place­ment of 4-12 weeks. It will be vol­un­tary and pro­vide in­cen­tives to busi­nesses to host an in­tern and a $200 fort­nightly pay­ment to job seek­ers on top of their in­come sup­port.

We will also con­tinue to de­liver crit­i­cal 21st cen­tury in­fra­struc­ture. Lo­cally we have al­ready in­vested $20 mil­lion in the Rich­mond Bridge in­ter­sec­tions up­grade, with stage 1 com­plete and stage 2 on the way.

We also of­fer ben­e­fits from tax cuts – which La­bor want to stop – and a com­pany tax rate re­duc­tion to help lo­cal busi­nesses grow and em­ploy more staff.

We un­der­stand the eco­nomic chal­lenges, which is why we have a strong plan to keep spend­ing un­der con­trol while guar­an­tee­ing sup­port for vi­tal ser­vices.

I will con­tinue to be a strong voice for the peo­ple of Mac­quarie.

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