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.
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 ($6,500pa) 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 $7,800pa.
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
Absolutely delighted to attend Natasha Stott Despoja's book launch last night
Senator Lucy Gichuhi is encouraging people with disability, their families or carers, in South Australia, to have their say on draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
My book, 'Behind The Smile' will be officially launched in Parliament House on 1 April at 3:00 pm. It will be available to buy in the Parliament House Bookstore.
I told part of my own story at the recent Alphacrucis event where they officially started a campaign to transition from college status to becoming a university. I have always believed in the power of education to transform individuals, a community and a country.
I'm on-stage at around 8 minutes 45 in the YouTube clip
Tens of thousands of Australian pensioners could be hit by Labor’s retiree tax. That is fact.
Labor is deliberately attempting to mislead Australians about this fact, claiming that their Pensioner Guarantee will protect pensioners from their proposed changes.
That is not true.
Joint Press release – Senator Lucy Gichuhi and Alphacrucis College
For release 19th February 2019
Senator Lucy Gichuhi (Former Chair of the Education and Employment Committee) has given her support to Alphacrucis College and their move towards gaining university college status, as well as joining the celebration of their 71st year of excellence as a leading Australasian Christian Higher Education Institution.
“Education alleviates poverty,” the Senator said “In my own life experience I have experienced first-hand the trials of poverty while growing up in Kenya. Faith-based tertiary education plays a key role in providing solutions and opportunities in the Australian higher education system.”
Alphacrucis College (AC) is a leading Australasian Higher Education Institution that is Pentecostal-aligned and has a reputation for excellence in student care, teaching and research. The College has over 3500 students spread across 10 locations within Australia and overseas and has three faculties: (1) Theology, (2) Education, Arts and Social Science, and (3) Business. They are seeking university college status in early 2020.
Hundreds more women and children escaping domestic and family violence will have a safe place to sleep with a $78 million investment by the Morrison Government.
This investment includes a $60 million grants program for eligible organisations to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation facilities for those escaping domestic and family violence.
This program will build up to 450 safe places and assist up to 6,500 people per year. The grant program will be structured to encourage contributions from other levels of government, and from private and philanthropic sources.
A further $18 million will be invested in the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program, which has assisted over 5,200 women since 2015-16, providing security upgrades and safety planning so women and children can remain in their own homes, if it is safe to do so.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this investment was a key commitment to the Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022, the final plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
“The first priority of my government is to keep Australians safe and secure,” the Prime Minister said.
“I am focused on providing more support to women and children escaping domestic violence.
“The National Plan is one of the best examples of governments working together and the more we work together to solve this problem as partners, the better the outcome for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
“This is the third significant initiative we’ve funded for domestic violence support in as many months, following $67.2 million committed as part of the Women’s Economic Security Statement and a further $10.9 million towards 1800RESPECT, announced in late November.”
Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said that this investment is designed to significantly increase our national stock of emergency accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
“When a woman needs to escape domestic violence, often she has very little chance to plan – she may well have raced out of the house and jumped in the car with just the clothes on her back.
“That is why it is so important there is emergency accommodation available – so a woman in this situation can have a safe place to live while she works out what she will do next.”
“I have seen in my own electorate the vital work done by the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, which has provided emergency accommodation to nearly 300 women, 72 per cent of whom needed help due to domestic violence.
Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said women had the right to be safe in their homes, in their communities, online and in their workplaces.
“The Government has zero tolerance for violence against women and this new package will make a very real difference to women and children right across Australia.”
“Today’s announcement comes on top of the more than $350 million the Government has invested to improve women’s safety since 2015.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call [1800RESPECT](tel:1800RESPECT) on [1800 737 732](tel:1800%C2%A0737%C2%A0732) or visit [www.1800RESPECT.org.au](http://www.1800respect.org.au/).