As expected, it's been a busy month following on from the 2017-2018 Federal Budget.
This week I spoke on the Budget legislation and outlined some of the benefits for us locally, as well as restating my commitment to ensuring the M1 upgrade continues through to Tugun. Next week I'll be officially launching a special online petition - which I hope you will sign so I can keep up the pressure.
As Assistant Minister, I am proud to be delivering the $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund, a feature of the Budget that will bring practical benefits well into the future - boosting apprenticeships and addressing the skills shortage.
I spoke about this and other government employment policies when I represented Australia at the G20 Employment Summit in Germany this month.
Of course, education is the foundation of a skilled workforce, and the Government's new Quality Schools Funding is set to deliver an extra $346 million to local schools. You can see how local schools will benefit with the online estimator.
I was pleased to announce more than $69,000 for local community organisations to support the work of their volunteers. This month I also had the honour of hosting my annual McPherson Community Awards where I say "thank you" to some of our hard-working volunteers on behalf of our community. I took the opportunity to speak in Parliament about National Volunteers week and this year's McPherson Award recipients.
Finally, this month marked 75 years since Sir Robert Menzies' "Forgotten People" Speech. It represents an important opportunity for reflection and both the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former PM Tony Abbott made excellent speeches to mark the occasion.
Until next month
Karen Andrews MP
Federal Member for McPherson