300 000 small businesses benefit from instant asset write-off

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said close to 300 000 Australian small businesses have taken advantage of the Coalition Government’s instant asset write-off according to 2015-16 tax office data including 1535 in Toowoomba. “The instant asset write-off is directly helping small businesses in increase their bottom lines and improving cash flow which means more…

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Whale sized works on Warrego Highway underway

Thirty-two concrete girders each the length of a fully grown blue whale have been installed as part of construction on a new overpass west of Toowoomba. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said duplication of the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Oakey was ramping up with the major engineering milestone recently achieved between…

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Guarantee to deliver affordable reliable electricity for Groom

The Turnbull Government will accept the recommendation of the Energy Security Board (ESB) for a new National Energy Guarantee to deliver more affordable and reliable electricity while meeting our international commitments. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said under The Guarantee households and businesses across the Darling Downs would have access to affordable and reliable power. “The National Energy Guarantee will…

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Concession Card reinstated for Groom part-pensioners

Many former part-pensioners in Groom will have their Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) reinstated this week. These former part-pensioners lost the card in January as a consequence of reforms to the pension assets test which were designed to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the future. “Those reforms provided increased pension for people…

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St Ursula’s College claims Anzac Day Award

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh today congratulated St Ursula’s College for winning the Queensland Secondary Schools Category of the 2017 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards. The Anzac Day School Awards is a nationwide schools competition that encourages the study of Australia’s wartime history and the commemoration of Australian service men and women on Anzac Day.…

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10 000 young Australians off welfare and into work

The Turnbull Government has assisted 10 000 long-term unemployed young Australians get off welfare and into work through the Youth Bonus Wage subsidy component of the Youth Jobs PaTH program. Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said the Youth Jobs PaTH program is delivering significant outcomes by getting young people off welfare into work and…

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McVeigh calls for more women in STEM

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has used the International Day of the Girl Child to encourage local businesses not-for-profits education and research organisations to apply for grants to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science technology engineering and maths (STEM). Dr McVeigh said the Federal Government earlier this week announced the…

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McVeigh meets with ARTC ahead of first round of consultation

Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has met with the Australian Rail Track Corporation ahead of the first round of public meetings on the newly-chosen corridor for the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail corridor. Dr McVeigh and State Member for Condamine Pat Weir met with the ARTC Chief Executive Officer John Fullerton and other…

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New measures to support regional media organisations

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has supported measures announced today to support regional and small publishers and create local jobs. The new measures which are in addition to the Government’s media reform package and subject to its passage through the Parliament include: A $50 million Regional and Small Publishers Innovation fund; a Regional and…

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