As always, our national interest has been at the forefront of government policy this month.
Whether it's the record tax cuts that will put $5.2 billion back into the hands of small and medium sized businesses and allow them to grow and create jobs; the strengthening of our citizenship laws to ensure greater integrity and social cohesion; abolishing 457 visas to put Australian workers first; or our new plan to secure Australia's gas supply for local use by restricting exports.
As we head into the Budget sitting next month, the Treasurer has already signalled our plan to further deliver on jobs and higher wages. In my Ministerial role, I have been working on training measures to ensure that we have the skilled workforce needed to create prosperity into the future. I look forward to letting you know more about our plans on Budget night.
This month also marked 1,000 days since the last people smuggling boat reached our shores. Operation Sovereign Borders has brought maritime people smuggling to a standstill and saved countless lives. This success has enabled the Government to remove all children from detention and close 17 detention facilities.
Locally, it was good to have Tony Abbott join me for the Currumbin dawn service on Anzac Day. Once again, we had huge crowds at local services and I was also delighted to attend a number of very moving school ceremonies in the lead up to Anzac Day. It is always heartening to see our community come together to remember those who have served and to recognise our current servicemen and women.
No doubt media speculation about the upcoming Federal Budget will grow over the next week or so - please be assured our efforts will continue to be focused on the national interest. Check your inbox on Budget night Tuesday May 9 for a special edition of this 90 second Update with all the details.
Karen Andrews MP - Federal Member for McPherson
Postal Address: PO Box 409, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Phone: (07) 5580 9111