Stronger Communities Program Information

The Liberal and Nationals’ Government has committed $150,000 to fund up to 20 local community infrastructure projects across the electorate of Groom under Round Five of its highly successful Stronger Communities programme. These much needed community grants help support projects that bring our communities together, strengthen social connections, build community participation and create vibrant and…

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FAQ – Religious Freedom Review

Late last year the Liberal and Nationals Government released our response to our Religious Freedom Review. The Government announced plans to protect Australians of faith from discrimination and to safeguard the rights of religious Australians. The Government also committed to addressing the issue of discrimination against children in schools on the basis of sexual orientation…

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FAQ – Preschool Funding

 •         In addition to the Government’s increased $2.5 billion investment into the new child care package we have committed around $870 million for preschools in 2018 and 2019.  Funding is locked-in until January 2020. •         This investment will benefit more than 340 000 children each year.•         As Minister Birmingham has said for months we extended…

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FAQ – Reforms to modernise Australia’s visa system

The Federal Government is experiencing rapid and ongoing growth in visa caseloads and visa application volumes are forecast to increase from some 9 million per annum to 13 million per year by 2026-27.  Consistent with standard practice the Department of Home Affairs is testing the market to seek innovative ideas and solutions to advise the…

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FAQ – Vehicle emissions reform

In 2015 the Federal Government established a ministerial forum on vehicle emissions to consider possible reforms in three areas: fuel efficiency standards fuel quality standards and noxious emissions standards. Eighty per cent of the global vehicle passenger fleet is subject to fuel efficiency standards but Australia has none. In Australia in 2016 the average amount…

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FAQ – Funding for schools

The Turnbull Government’s funding to schools is going to continue to increase from its current record levels despite the scare campaign being peddled by the Australian Education Union. Commonwealth funding to all school sectors including government schools grows every year – there are no cuts. The Government’s plan boosts investment in public schools from $6.8…

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FAQ – Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic)

Financing for the Carmichael mine project is a commercial matter and the final decision on whether to proceed with the project rests with Adani.  The Government is not providing special treatment for Adani to access export credit finance.  Adani like any Australian export project proponent is able to apply for loans from the Export Finance…

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FAQ – Blueprint for the Next Generation of Australian Environmental Law

An independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is required to start by late 2019.  The review will involve extensive consultation and will consider ideas put forward by industry environment and community groups to improve and strengthen national environmental law.  The Federal Department of Environment and Energy has reviewed the Australian Panel of…

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FAQ – Live Export Trade

The Coalition Government condemns cruelty to animals and takes animal welfare very seriously. Australia requires levels of animal welfare much higher than other countries do through the live export supply chain. Sustainable live export trade is an important contributor to jobs in rural communities across Australia. It gives cattle sheep and goat producers and their…

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FAQ – E-cigarettes

The Turnbull Government respects and takes the advice of independent medical experts when we develop health policy. All products making therapeutic claims – including those claims to help people quit smoking are required to be authorised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and no e-cigarettes have been approved by the independent TGA as smoking cessation…

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