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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Government funding paying dividends in Groom

Member for Groom John McVeigh is encouraging local companies to do their research into what grants are available after witnessing first-hand the difference Federal Government assistance can make. Dr McVeigh recently toured Toowoomba Engineering’s Torrington headquarters to see what they had put their funding towards after successfully bidding for an Accelerating Commercialisation grant under the…

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Budget delivers enhanced security screening for Toowoomba

Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport will receive funding from the Turnbull Government in the 2018 Budget as part of a $50.1 million commitment to upgrade security screening equipment at regional airports across Australia. These changes form part of a broader $294 million package of measures to strengthen security at airports and international mail and air cargo facilities…

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2018–19 Defence Budget delivers for Groom

The Darling Downs continue to play a key supporting role to our Australian Defence Force as confirmed in the 2018-19 Budget. Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Federal Member for Groom the Hon John McVeigh MP welcomed the significant investment Defence is making in the electorate of Groom. The Turnbull Government’s first…

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Groom focus continues on building roads rail and other infrastructure

Groom is set to benefit from the Australian Government’s continuing infrastructure investment under a range of programs to ensure the region’s economy can reach its potential by tackling congestion creating jobs improving productivity and better connecting residents and businesses. Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh continued to benefit from targeted infrastructure spending including 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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Coalition delivers new mobile coverage to Peranga

The new mobile base station at Haden-Maclagan Road has been turned on under round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said today. “I’m pleased to announce improved and new coverage in the area which should benefit parts of the localities of Peranga Maclagan and Quinalow ”…

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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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