Being in Canberra for 3 sitting weeks this month is a frosty reminder of how fortunate we are to live on the Gold Coast at this time of year! I hope you've enjoyed the last of our glorious autumn weather.
The Budget this month has highlighted the stark policy differences between our government and the Labor alternative. In his Budget reply Bill Shorten outlined Labor's commitment to $200 billion in tax hikes. And while we have a plan to tackle bracket creep, most recent analysis shows that, while Labor are promising tax cuts, middle income earners will actually be around $2,000 a year worse off under Labor.
I was particularly disappointed with Bill Shorten's false claims in relation to the VET sector - which I have emphatically refuted. It is clear that Labor is not about to let the facts get in the way of their divisive narrative.
There are many positives in the Budget for local residents. I outlined some of the main features in my Budget speech to Parliament last week.
One of the decisions we have made that has a big impact on communities across Australia is the ongoing funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program. Having seen the work our local School Chappies do, I am very proud to support this positive program.
While Parliament has monopolised my time this month, I've also been pleased to attend and support and number of local events including: the 50th Anniversary celebrations for Marymount College, Coolangatta SLSC's moving remembrance service, the Palm Beach View Club's 25th birthday, and I also caught up with the Benevolent Society which is setting up a Clinic Room to help local families at Coolangatta State School - with support from our Government.
Until next month,
Karen Andrews MP - Federal Member for McPherson
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