It was a privilege to welcome 49 new Australians on Saturday 17 June at a citizenship ceremony in Silvan.
This historic reform dramatically increases funding and represents a major investment in Australia's future. We want to guarantee a world class education for your children, to lift teaching standards and put Australian students back at the top of the class. Delivering on our plan will give your children and grandchildren the very best shot at realising their dreams.
Only the Coalition, through responsible economic management, will deliver fair, transparent, national needs-based funding for schools.
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The Turnbull Government has already legislated 17 bills from the Budget handed down just last month, a demonstration that we are getting on with the job and delivering on our promises. The measures will have a positive impact on the lives of Australians as well as on Australian businesses.
Just in this sitting fortnight we have passed Budget legislation in the Parliament which:
Delivers a small business instant asset write off extension to 2017-18 for businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million, so they can invest and create more jobs;
Places a levy on the major banks;
Provides extra support for pensioners and others dealing with rising energy costs through a one-off payment;
Lifts the Medicare Levy Threshold indexation so people on lower incomes, who were previously exempt, continue to be exempt from the Medicare Levy;
Strengthens the integrity of our foreign investment rules, including removing tax benefits for foreign investors in residential real estate;
Establishes the Medicare Guarantee Fund to ensure that health is the first port of call on Government resources;
Extends the eligibility of the Pensioner Concession Card;
Over 230,000 jobs have been created over the past year to May. Over 60 per cent of these jobs have been full time and over 60 per cent have been in the private sector.
These jobs have been across a variety of service sectors including professional and scientific services; accommodation and food services; education; and health.
Since the Government came to office over 686,000 jobs have been created including over 288,000 full-time jobs.
Looking forward, ANZ job advertisements reached 170,000 positions in May – the highest level in over 5½ years. Prevents tax fraud in precious metals trading.
PROTECTING AUSSIES FROM CREDIT CARD SHARKS
For too long, credit card customers have been taken advantage of.
Banks and other financial institutions have been happy to give customers excessive credit card limits and see them load up unsustainable debt, often on multiple cards.
The Turnbull Government’s reforms will help prevent the credit card debt cycle that many Australians find themselves in by empowering bank customers.
They will also put an end to the overly complex and unfair way in which interest is calculated on credit cards.
Rather than just talking, we are delivering on real, sensible and practical action that will benefit the budgets of everyday Australians.