This month I wanted to focus on the real, conscientious work being carried out by our Government each day.
Positive policies like our work to tackle energy prices, our plans to better protect Australians from terrorism, our delivery of a fairer deal for small businesses, and our initiatives to boost childhood immunisation and provide better outcomes for people with rare cancers.
The Prime Minister made an excellent and definitive statement on the importance of Australia Day, that was an important contrast to Labor's confusion on the issue.
And, did you know that Moody's have maintained Australia's excellent AAA credit rating, more people have access to bulk-billed Medicare services than ever before, and that we have released legislation to help tackle predatory credit card practices?
Both federally and locally, positive and practical things are being achieved. This month I was pleased to support local schools embracing National Science Week, the Gold Coast Homeless Connect Program, a unique trial program to recycle car seats into building material, and a showcase of the talents of people with disabilities.
I also had the honour of welcoming back local adventurer Andy Lamont after his world record attempt of sailing solo westward around the world. While Andy was forced to abandon the attempt and land for repairs, he raised much-needed funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation and his journey epitomised the Australian spirit of having a go. I recognised Andy's efforts in a speech to Parliament.
Rest assured that I will remain focused on working with the local community and in my Ministerial role to deliver real benefits and practical policies.
Until next month,
Karen Andrews MP: Federal Member for McPherson
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