National Headlines

More than 1.2 million jobs have been created since the Government came to office in September 2013, after the Australian economy created an additional 37,000 jobs in November. The latest labour force figures, released today by the ABS, show the number of jobs created in November is almost double the 20,000 jobs the market expected. Seasonally adjusted employment is now 285,700 higher than it was a year ago. Total employment is at a record high of 12,694,300.

Fixing the Budget

Thursday, 20 December 2018
The Coalition Government’s recent Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) has confirmed that the Federal Budget will return to surplus in 2019-20. Returning to surplus is no accident. The Government has spent five years cleaning up Labor’s mess. This is part of the Coalition Government’s plan to keep the economy strong and to guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on.
Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost. The Coalition Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, means young people will have access to around 14,000 additional services, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff.
The Morrison Government will invest $52 million to protect Australian teenagers, including those in Casey against meningococcal, with the launch of a new free national program for 14 to 19 year olds. Over 1 million teenagers will receive the free meningococcal A, C, W and Y vaccine, over the next four years.
The Morrison Government will significantly boost support for older Australians with an injection of $106 million to support better facilities, better care and better standards in aged care.
The Turnbull Government will provide the whooping cough vaccine to every pregnant woman from 1 July this year.
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