FED­ERAL MEM­BER for berowra

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - In This Issue -

As we pre­pare for Aus­tralia Day, I have taken the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on what be­ing an Aus­tralian means to me.

I am enor­mously proud to be an Aus­tralian. The phys­i­cal beauty of our coun­try stirs my spirit, the big blue hori­zon that seems to go on for­ever which re­flects that there should be no limit to our am­bi­tion as a na­tion. I love driv­ing at sun­set, see­ing the dusk through the gumtrees. One of the great parts of my job is meet­ing Aus­tralians from across the coun­try who have taken a chance, had a go and are world class in their field, be it busi­ness, art, science or sport. Hav­ing trav­elled across the world, I know that, no mat­ter where you go, you will find an Aus­tralian work­ing hard and do­ing a fan­tas­tic job.

I be­lieve our coun­try brings to­gether the best el­e­ments and at­ti­tudes from around the world. As one of the six old­est con­tin­u­ous democ­ra­cies in the world, we should all take pride in how our demo­cratic achieve­ment. You may know that I am pas­sion­ate about the Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion – it has al­lowed us to build a na­tion where Aus­tralians, no mat­ter where they were born, can strive, suc­ceed and pro­vide a fu­ture for their fam­i­lies.

On Aus­tralia Day, I will have the hon­our of at­tend­ing cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies in the elec­torate and wel­com­ing our new­est cit­i­zens into our com­mu­nity. One of Aus­tralia’s great­est strengths is our com­mu­nity spirit, best rep­re­sented by the thou­sands of vol­un­teers who work hard each day to give us all es­sen­tial ser­vices and sup­port. Our com­mu­nity in Berowra is a par­tic­u­larly strong and ac­tive one and I am ex­tremely proud to cel­e­brate and to rep­re­sent it.

I hope you and your fam­ily en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions this Aus­tralia Day and I en­cour­age you to pause and re­flect on what an in­cred­i­ble coun­try we call our home.

FED­ERAL PAR­LIA­MENT

Par­lia­ment re­sumes with three sit­ting weeks in Fe­bru­ary. Among other leg­is­la­tion, the Gov­ern­ment

will be seek­ing to pass the Trea­sury Laws Amend­ment (En­ter­prise Tax

Plan) Bill. This Bill will re­duce the cor­po­rate tax rate for small busi­ness to 27.5 per cent and pro­gres­sively fur­ther re­duce the cor­po­rate tax rate in stages so that, by 2026-27, the cor­po­rate tax rate will be 25 per cent. Over time, these re­duced rates will be ex­tended to all cor­po­rate tax en­ti­ties. The Bill will also in­crease the small busi­ness in­come tax off­set to 16 per cent; en­able small busi­nesses with an ag­gre­gated turnover of less than $10 mil­lion to ac­cess most small busi­ness tax con­ces­sions and al­low small busi­nesses with an ag­gre­gated turnover of less than $5 mil­lion to ac­cess the small busi­ness in­come tax off­set.

This is an im­por­tant re­form for small busi­ness and I will speak in Par­lia­ment in sup­port of the Bill. I know how hard small busi­ness peo­ple work to make to make their busi­nesses a suc­cess. Tax cuts will al­low them to rein­vest in their busi­nesses, to ex­pand and to em­ploy more staff.

STAY IN TOUCH

My web­site is now live. Please have a look if you would like more in­for­ma­tion about me and what I’ve been do­ing. There are full con­tact de­tails avail­able too, should you wish to get in touch with my of­fice – www.ju­lian­leesermp.com. au. My Face­book page is an­other great place to keep in touch – www. face­book.com/ju­lian­leesermp.

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