I don't think there is anything as demeaning as being hit by a loved one. In Australia it's like a crisis. Preventing domestic violence is something I'm passionate about because I lived it
Growing up, I had to get over each major challenge before I could go to the next level. We lived in poverty and I didn't even own a pair of shoes until I was 12. Mount Lofty is the place I get my personal composure and inner strength from
I know it is not my place to judge. Until you have walked in someone else's life, you don't know where they are coming from
Come along and meet your Liberal candidate for the seat of Spence at the upcoming federal election.
Kathleen Bourne, Liberal for Spence with special guest Lucy Gichuhi, Senator for South Australia
Wednesday 1 May, 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start.
Commodore Room, Central Districts Football Club (Free entry)
RSVP Monday 29 April; Eric Filmer 0418 836 150
On Sunday, 7 April I had the pleasure of opening the new Gawler Civic Centre facility with Mayor Karen Redman. The project was jointly funded by the Federal Liberal Government's National Stronger Regions Fund and the Town of Gawler. The federal Government contribution was $5.6 million.
The project involved preserving and redeveloping historic buildings in Gawler to form a comprehensive new civic hub.
Congratulations Gawler on a job well done and long may you enjoy your new facilities!
THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP
Minister for Defence
Leader of the Government in the House
Federal Member for Sturt
SENATOR THE HON SIMON BIRMINGHAM
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for South Australia
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
3 April 2019
Our plan for a stronger economy delivers for South Australia
The 2019-20 Budget is the next stage of the Morrison Government’s plan to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for South Australians.
South Australian Cabinet Ministers Simon Birmingham and Christopher Pyne said the Budget delivers the first surplus in more than a decade, creates more jobs, lowers taxes and guarantees essential services like schools, hospitals and roads.
“After more than a decade of deficits, this budget forecasts a surplus of $7.1 billion in 2019-20 – a $55.5 billion turnaround from the deficit we inherited seven years ago,” Minister Birmingham said.
“Our plan for a stronger economy has ensured we can deliver tax relief for workers, build a better tax system for businesses and guarantee essential services that all South Australians rely on.”
The Government’s strong budget management will allow us to invest in lower taxes for South Australians and their businesses, including:
· Delivering an additional $158 billion in income tax relief for hard-working Australians, on top of the $144 billion in tax cuts locked into legislation last year. This includes immediate tax relief of up to $1,080 for low and middle income earners and up to $2,160 for a dual income couple to ease cost of living pressures, benefiting 710,000 people in South Australia.
· We’re backing small and medium-sized businesses by providing additional tax relief for around 3.4 million of them to help them reinvest in their business, create jobs and grow.
· We’re increasing the Instant Asset Write Off to $30,000 and expanding its access, benefitting 244,000 businesses in South Australia.
· We’re also investing an additional $60 million in the Export Market Development Grants Scheme (EMDG) over the next three years. This will assist current and aspiring small to medium-sized exporters, including those in South Australia to utilise our free trade agreements and provide more opportunities for them to export their quality produce and goods into more markets around the world.
Through our strong economic management we are able to guarantee the essential services South Australians rely on:
· To assist with their next power bill and the cost of living, the Morrison Government will provide a one off, income tax exempt payment of $75 for singles and $125 for couples to more than 3.9 million eligible social security payment recipients across Australia.
· Record levels of funding for public hospitals with payments to South Australia for public hospitals increasing by 38 per cent, from $1 billion in 2012-13 to $1.4 billion in 2019-20. Health funding for South Australia increases by $157 million from 2019-20 to 2022-23. The Government has also committed $30 million for a new state wide brain and spinal rehabilitation unit to be located at the Repat site
· For schools, record funding for South Australia will increase from $1.4 billion in 2019 to $2.3 billion in 2029, ensuring teachers have the support they need to prepare students for the future. The Budget also includes $30 million for the Local School Community Fund that will allow communities to fund projects such as upgrades to libraries, classrooms and play equipment.
We’re also delivering record congestion busting infrastructure investment in South Australia over the next decade, getting families home sooner and safer and unlocking the potential of our state. This includes an additional $2.6 billion over the next decade for new land transport infrastructure projects in South Australia, bringing total infrastructure investment in the state to more than $8.2 billion from 2013-14. Projects include:
· $1.5 billion for the North-South Corridor
· $115.5 million for the Torrens Road Level Crossing
· $73.6 million for the Victor Harbor Road Duplication – Main South Road to McLaren Vale
· $49 million for the Portrush Road and Magill Road Intersection
· $30.5 million for the Fullarton Road and Cross Road Intersection.
In addition, the Government’s $90 billion naval shipbuilding plan is providing a significant economic boost for South Australia with PwC forecasting the creation of 8,000 jobs for the state from this historic investment.
Working with the Marshall Liberal Government and the City of Adelaide, the recently signed Adelaide City Deal will focus on growing Adelaide’s innovation economy and boosting Adelaide’s burgeoning cultural and tourism economy. Our Government’s contribution includes:
· $135 million to support projects at Lot Fourteen – $85 million for an Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery, $30 million for an international Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Food Studies and $20 million for a collaborative research engagement hub
· $6 million to establish the space discovery centre to provide education and mission simulation to support training
· $10 million towards the rollout of smart technology infrastructure in the Adelaide CBD
· $14 million to promote Adelaide to locals and visitors; by upgrading the Cedars and Carrick Hill historic houses.
“This Budget is about easing cost of living pressures, guaranteeing essential services and building new congestion busting infrastructure to ensure families in South Australia can get home easier and safer, Minister Pyne said.”
“This is all possible because of the Morrison Government’s strong economic and budget management.”
Authorised by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, South Australia.
The Liberal Government is committed to creating the right economic conditions for our small and family businesses to prosper and create new and better paid jobs.
[Lucy Gichuhi, Adelaide]
More and more older South Australians are taking advantage of the Pension Work Bonus scheme to top up their Age Pension through paid employment.
The scheme allows pensioners to earn an average of up to $250 a fortnight ($6,500 pa) without it reducing their pension entitlements. Thanks to the Coalition Government, the threshold will increase on July 1 to $300 a fortnight or a maximum of $7,800 pa.
In South Australia 12,749 pensioners have used the scheme in the past twelve months.
“The scheme gives older Australians a change to earn a bit of extra spending money each week, without having to worry about it affecting their pension,” Minister Keenan said.
“It also enables them to continue to make a valuable contribution to their community by taking on vitally important casual jobs such as school crossing guards, exam markers or even vote counters at election time.”
Given the seasonal nature of many of those jobs, the scheme allows pensioners to earn more in some weeks and less in others, as long as they do not exceed the annual cap.
Age Pension recipients do not need to apply for Work Bonus, but simply need to tell the Department of Human Services when they start working so the Work Bonus can automatically apply to their income test.
For more information about Work Bonus, visit humanservices.gov.au/workbonus
[Lucy Gichuhi, Adelaide]