The Coalition Government’s Plan for a Stronger Economy – Budget 2018

09 May 18

The Coalition Government is sticking to its plan to build a stronger economy to benefit all Australians, the Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said today.

“We are delivering tax relief with a focus on low and middle income earners, investing in safety boosting infrastructure and responsibly returning the budget to balance.

“Under the Government’s economic plan jobs are being created, investment is rising and the budget is strengthening. This means that we can continue to guarantee the essential services Australians rely on.”

Our plan will:

• Deliver lower, fairer and simpler taxes to encourage and reward working Australians;

• Back businesses to invest and create more jobs, building on our legislated tax cuts for small and medium enterprise, supporting businesses to compete globally, delivering infrastructure that industry and workers rely on; and targeting incentives to promote research, development and new technology;

• Guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on including record funding for hospitals and schools, a comprehensive approach to aged care so older Australians can live life to the full, and guaranteed funding for disability services;

• Keep Australians safe by strengthening security at airports and investing more in our intelligence and security services so they can respond to new and challenging threats. We will also protect our unique environment with smarter biosecurity systems and continue to safeguard our borders; and

• Ensure the Government lives within its means with a forecast return to modest budget balance in 2019-20, increasing to a projected surplus of $11 billion in 2020-21; no longer borrowing to pay for essential services; and the lowest average real growth in payments of any Government in the last 50 years.

“Our tax relief plan will encourage and reward hard working Australians. Almost 61,000 in Cowper will receive a new offset of up to $530 a year under our plan to reduce cost pressures on household budgets,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“There is great news for small businesses with the $20,000 instant asset write-off continuing for another year, helping small business invest in new equipment. This is on top of legislated tax cuts for small and medium businesses that are helping them to grow, create more jobs and pay higher wages.”

The Coalition Government’s $75 billion rolling infrastructure plan will continue building the roads, rail and airport networks Australia needs to strengthen the economy, bust congestion in our cities and make rural roads safer.

“The benefits of the Coalition Government’s infrastructure investment for the Mid North Coast includes a $971 million federal investment in the Coffs Harbour Bypass, which will provide faster travel times, safer motoring, and a significant improvement in the local traffic flows, as well as through traffic flows,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“We are guaranteeing the essential services Cowper’s families rely on, by increasing total health and hospitals funding by 30%, delivering a 50% average increase per student in fair, real needs based school funding over the decade, and more child care support to those families who need it most.

“As part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to guaranteeing essential services, our More Choices for a Longer Life plan will help older residents live healthy and connected lives with increased financial and skills support and 14,000 more home care places.

“Our plan for a stronger economy benefits all Australians. After record jobs growth, the proportion of working age Australians now dependent on welfare has fallen to 15.1 per cent – the lowest level in over 25 years.

“We are also continuing to boost welfare compliance and targeting to help get welfare spending under control while ensuring everyone pays their fair share of tax.

“The Coalition Government is also committing $200 million to continuing the Building Better Regions Fund and additional $22.5 million for the Stronger Communities Programme in 2018-19 that will deliver additional projects in regional Australia, a massive advantage for the Mid North Coast.

“Our plan for a stronger economy means that Australians can plan for their future with confidence.”


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