The 2018 Fed­eral Bud­get & what it means for Berowra

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to sur­plus in 2019-20. From 2019-20, our pro­jected sur­pluses will con­trib­ute to low­er­ing the un­der­ly­ing debt each year. The Govern­ment is keep­ing a tight rein on spend­ing tax­pay­ers’ money, with growth in pay­ments re­stricted to the low­est level of any govern­ment in 50 years. We have now reached the point where we are no longer hav­ing to bor­row to pay for ev­ery­day govern­ment ex­penses. • • • • Free whoop­ing cough vac­cines for ev­ery preg­nant woman List­ing of Ri­bo­ci­clib (Kisqali) on the PBS to sup­port women fight­ing breast cancer List­ing of Spin­raza on the PBS, which treats the dev­as­tat­ing ill­ness Spinal Mus­cu­lar At­ro­phy Fund­ing to as­sist GPs to learn more about di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing en­dometrio­sis. Sane Aus­tralia’s Bet­ter Off With You cam­paign.

I have per­son­ally worked with some of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions as they have de­signed their pro­grams and can vouch for the im­pact they will have. Th­ese pro­grams tar­get crit­i­cal fac­tors in sui­cide pre­ven­tion - vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that we must over­come to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple who die by sui­cide.

I am par­tic­u­larly pleased with the Govern­ment’s fo­cus on pro­vid­ing sup­port to res­i­den­tial aged care as well as to men­tal health nurses sup­port­ing older Aus­tralians in the com­mu­nity. Men over 85 have the high­est risk of sui­cide for all ages and we should work with them to com­bat their iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness. The way we value the lives of older peo­ple speaks vol­umes about our val­ues as a so­ci­ety.

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