WHAT THE FED­ERAL BUD­GET MEANS FOR YOU:

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - DAVID LIT­TLEPROUD

TAX RE­LIEF of up to $530 for mid­dle to low in­come earn­ers. MEN­TAL HEALTH FUND­ING will in­crease $4.3 bil­lion.

$550 mil­lion STRONGER RU­RAL

HEALTH STRAT­EGY will strengthen lo­cal health ser­vices and de­liver about 3000 ad­di­tional doc­tors, more than 3000 ad­di­tional nurses and hun­dreds of ad­di­tional al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als in ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties. $121.6 mil­lion to boost Aus­tralia’s BIOSE­CU­RITY, pro­tect­ing our pro­duc­ers’ clean, green sta­tus. $84 mil­lion for the ROYAL FLY­ING DOC­TOR SER­VICE. $53.9 mil­lion to im­prove RE­GIONAL STU­DENTS’ AC­CESS TO YOUTH AL­LOWANCE. $51.3 mil­lion for more AGRI­CUL­TURAL COUN­SEL­LORS to help pro­duc­ers en­ter new ex­port mar­kets.

Help­ing AGE PEN­SION­ERS TO KEEP

MORE OF WHAT THEY EARN from part­time work and ex­tend­ing this to those on the pen­sion who are self-em­ployed. $40 mil­lion in cap­i­tal grants fund­ing for

AGED CARE FA­CIL­I­TIES IN RE­GIONAL, RU­RAL AND RE­MOTE COM­MU­NI­TIES. Ex­tend­ing the mul­ti­ple $20,000 instant AS­SET WRITE-OFF for small busi­ness.

COM­BAT­TING ICE AND AD­DIC­TION

I held Com­mu­nity Ice Fo­rums to con­nect the com­mu­nity with gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to es­tab­lish what was, and wasn’t, work­ing in our dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

As a re­sult of these fo­rums across Mara­noa, we’ve se­cured some great re­sults but we still need more sup­port for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and I will con­tinue to work with the Pri­mary Health Net­work – the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s health­care fund­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor – to en­sure ser­vices con­tinue to im­prove.

What I’ve achieved for you so far:

A fur­ther $293,000 for Drug and Al­co­hol Treat­ment Ser­vices (DATS) for:

Chin­chilla: A new, full-time sup­port worker;

Kin­garoy: A new vis­it­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vice; and Dalby: Ex­ten­sion of ser­vices.

An ex­tra $70,000 in DATS fund­ing will be pro­vided to Drug ARM to de­liver ex­tra ser­vices in War­wick and Goondi­windi.

And to fund and de­velop Lo­cal Drug Ac­tions Teams to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in the:

• Balonne re­gion;

• Black­all-Tambo re­gion;

• Gran­ite Belt re­gion;

• Mara­noa re­gion; and

• Pa­roo Shire. I’ve also se­cured Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for a new clin­i­cal worker in the South Bur­nett, Roma and St George; and ad­di­tional ser­vices in Bar­cal­dine and Lon­greach. PRO­TECT­ING OUR BOR­DERS I’m proud of not only the Coali­tion Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s record of more than 1400 days since the last peo­ple smug­gling boat reached Aus­tralia, but also that it’s been more than four years since the last known death at sea caused by peo­ple smug­glers. This suc­cess has en­abled the gov­ern­ment to re­move all chil­dren from de­ten­tion and close 17 de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

In con­trast, La­bor’s open border poli­cies were a dis­as­ter with more than 50,000 il­le­gal mar­itime ar­rivals on more than 800 peo­ple smug­gling boats, more than 8000 chil­dren in de­ten­tion and trag­i­cally more than 1200 peo­ple lost their lives at sea.

BET­TER CHILD CARE SUP­PORT IN THE BUSH

Bal­anc­ing work or study and rais­ing a fam­ily can be tough, es­pe­cially with the in­creas­ing cost of child­care strain­ing the house­hold bud­get.

This sys­tem needed a to­tal over­haul and, on July 2, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s new child­care sys­tem will come into place, with 3820 lo­cal fam­i­lies in Mara­noa stand­ing to ben­e­fit from our re­forms. Child­care is im­por­tant to help fam­i­lies bal­ance work and caring re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the Coali­tion is mak­ing child­care more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able – pro­vid­ing the great­est level of as­sis­tance for those who need it most.

Au­tho­rised by the Hon David Lit­tleproud MP, Lib­eral Na­tional Party, Dalby Qld

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