WITH the Budget the Liberal Government is helping Pearce constituents by securing the essentials they rely on, by easing the cost of living pressures and with a plan for more and better jobs, says Pearce MHR Christian Porter.
“In this Budget the Liberal Government has guaranteed Medicare’s future with a dedicated fund that will only pay for Medicare and medicines,’’ he said.
“We are fully funding the NDIS as well as launching a fairer schools funding model that is needs-based, simple and transparent and delivering affordable, accessible childcare for Pearce families.
“The Liberal Government understands the cost of living is a priority for many Australians, whether it is being able to afford a roof over your head, or pay for rising power prices – and that’s why the 2017 Budget tackles these costs.
“Because we know that living within our means allows the government to secure essential services and reduce pressure on living costs, the Liberal Government continues to take responsible action to balance the budget.”
“Our economic growth has been hard won and we have consistently outperformed the largest advanced economies in the world but we shouldn’t take our success for granted.
“We are providing greater opportunities for the nearly 13,500 small businesses in Pearce by incentivising the state to cut red tape and by extending the instant asset write off for a further twelve months.
“These measures, in addition to the Liberal Government’s company tax cuts, will give small businesses in Pearce the chance to grow and create more jobs.”
Mr Porter said the Liberal Government was taking action to protect Australian jobs by abolishing 457 visas, introducing a foreign worker levy and creating the Skilling Australians Fund that will give priority to apprenticeships and traineeships in high-demand occupations.
“The new Skilling Australians Fund will ensure that Australians get the skills they need to meet the job requirements of today and tomorrow.
“This extra investment will help approximately 1200 people in Pearce who are looking for a job or looking for more work.”
“The Liberal Government is investing $1.6 billion towards a $2.3b road and rail infrastructure package in Western Australia and will also provide $44.2 million toward regional road projects to improve regional road safety.
“We announced that we will provide substantial funding towards the Yanchep rail line extension, subject to positive assessments of the business cases through Infrastructure Australia.
“Also included in the WA infrastructure package is a dual carriageway between Joondalup Dr and Flynn Dr on Wanneroo Rd and a grade separated intersection at Wanneroo Rd and Joondalup Dr.”
He said the Liberal Government would continue to ensure multinationals pay their fair share of tax.
“These reforms have already raised $2.9b in tax liabilities this financial year against a group of just seven large multinational companies, and are expected to raise more than $4b in total this financial year from large public groups and multinationals.
“We will also continue to focus on stopping people trying to game our welfare system by strengthening mutual obligation requirements for payments and cracking down on those seeking to get out of those obligations.
“The Liberal Government is also making our financial system better for customers and taxpayers through greater competition, accountability and fairness.
“This will include a banking executive accountability regime, an investigation into financial system competition and a levy on large banks, securing $6.2b to support budget repair.”
“The Liberal Government has made the right choices to secure better days ahead.’’
For more detail on the 2017 Budget visit http://www.budget.gov.au/2017-18/content/