2018 Budget Brings Good News for Grey
Posted on Tuesday, 8 May, 2018
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has welcomed Treasurer Scott Morrison’s 2018
Budget and said the Government is now on target to deliver a surplus next year,
twelve months earlier than expected.
“There are a
number of Budget announcements which will directly affect people living in Grey
and I am pleased we have further funding for programs we have done very well from
in recent times,” he said.
especially delighted with the announcement of $160m for the duplication of the
Joy Baluch Bridge.
multi-billion dollar aged-care package and tax relief for low and middle income
earners are also great news items from the Budget.
have been raising problems of delivering aged care in regional areas with the Minister
for Aged Care Ken Wyatt for some time and am delighted he is taking significant
action with the Treasurer announcing $144m to assist the viability of regional
extra 14,000 new home-care packages can be added to the 6,000 created in
December enabling more older Australians to live in their homes for longer.
“Low and middle income earners are set to benefit from
lifting of tax thresholds from July by between $200 and $530. In three years those
benefits flow through to other tax scales and in year five the 37c rate will be
abolished and 94% of taxpayers will pay a top marginal rate of 32c in the
Ramsey said other highlights of the Budget include-
- Extending the $20k instant asset write-off for
- The Parental Income test for access to Youth
Allowance for independent students will be relaxed with the threshold of
combined parental income increased to $160,000 for one child and $10,000
more for every additional child.
- The extension of the School Chaplaincy Program on
a permanent basis.
- The announcement of $200m for a third round of the
Building Better Regions Fund which during the five years in Government
with the previous National Stronger Regions Fund has delivered $27m to
- A fourth round of the Stronger Communities
- The increase in the Work Bonus program will
enable aged pensioners to earn $300 now a fortnight without affecting
- Record funding for roads, education, disability services
and health funding.
- The Government will invest $550 million in the
Stronger Rural Health Strategy which will strengthen local health services
and deliver more Australian doctors in rural Australia.
This Strategy will deliver around 3,000 additional
doctors for rural Australia, more than 3,000 additional nurses in rural general
practice and hundreds of additional allied health professionals in the regions
over 10 years.
is a responsible, measured plan for all Australians and will pave the way forward
to Budget surplus.
“I see real
opportunities for Grey. The economy is taking off, record jobs growth is
lifting Government receipts and paying the bills. I am very pleased that from
next year we will have fully reversed the legacy left to us by Labor and will
begin paying off the debt.”
Contact; Leonie Lloyd-Smith 02 62774967 Canberra 08 8633 1744 Port Pirie
May 8, 2018