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Federal Budget 2013/14

May 16, 2013

Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes, welcomed the 2013/14 Budget saying it will keep Australia’s economy strong, making smart investments for the future and ensuring everyone gets a fair go.

"This budget focuses on having a strong economy, creating jobs and assisting families with meeting the costs of living".

"It is important to invest in our nation’s future particularly through investment in infrastructure and education. It is also important to make sure we support and care for the members of our community who need the additional help", Mr Hayes said.

Guaranteed funding and delivery of DisabilityCare Australia and increased investment in education have been the main focus of the budget.

"DisabilityCare will provide much needed support for people with disabilities, their families and carers. The care and support a person receives will no longer depend on how they acquired the disability or where they live. All Australians will be covered, Mr Hayes said"

"Good education is essential to secure the highly skilled jobs of the future. Our children deserve the best quality learning environment so that they are not left behind in the increasingly competitive world", Mr Hayes added.

"We have had to make some responsible saving decisions in order to pay for these important investments, but we have kept the cuts to a minimum".

"The Government has made responsible savings with continued investment in frontlines services families rely on as well as important investment in future".

Mr Hayes said interest rates were now lower than at any time under the previous Government, with a family on a $300,000 mortgage paying $5500 less in repayments.

How the Budget Benefits Fowler residents

Investment in Education

National Plan for School Improvement, implementing the Gonski recommendations and increasing investment into education, will ensure our nation and our children are not left behind in the highly competitive world.

Our children need good education in order to secure the highly skilled jobs of the future.

This is why every dollar the NSW Government invests in education will be matched with two dollars from the Federal Government. NSW schools will receive an additional investment totalling around $5 billion over six years.

In addition, 13,250 local families will continue to benefit from the School Kids Bonus with a $410 payment to families for each child in Primary and $820 for each child in High School.

The budget also provides additional investment into activities to support students with disabilities, their teachers and schools.

Each electorate has been allocated 23 grants for individuals and groups for the Creative Young Stars program – to encourage and support participation of young people in creative, cultural and community events.

Over 2,450 local students participate in the Active After School Communities program which encourages children’s involvement in school. They will benefit from a modest increased investment in this important program.

Higher Education

The budget provides for additional 1,650 Commonwealth supported sub-bachelor and postgraduate places at universities over the next four year. In our local area Labor’s uncapping of University places has seen a 54.5% increase in students going to Uni.

Government is also investing in more training of young apprentices in priority trades.


Extra investment in the Nation Building Program for State’s roads, railway and public transport more than doubles annual infrastructure spending per person in NSW.

The Budget offers $1.8billion for Sydney’s WestConnex Motorway which will provide a better link between Sydney’s west and its international gateways and key places of business.

Residents will also benefit from $120,000 to fix two dangerous local black spots.

 Intersection of Bareena Street and Fairview Road at Canley Vale will see a roundabout installed and

 Intersection of Cabramatta Road West and Hemphill Avenue at Cabramatta West will have a new raised island and an upgraded intersection from Give Way to Stop.

These projects will greatly improve the safety on our local roads.

DisabilityCare Australia

One of the most significant social reforms in our nation’s history will ensure no Australian is left behind by providing people with disability with the care and support they need.

Approximately 4, 204 Fowler residents may be eligible for support under this historic assistance.

More investment in Disability Employment Services will also assist people with disabilities find a job. 666 local people have already found employment thanks to this program.

Seniors and pensioners

More than 14,065 local pensioners are already benefitting from the Federal Government’s historic pension increases and positive changes to the Seniors work Bonus.

With this budget they will be able to downsize their home without it immediately affecting their pensions. More than 7,800 local pensioners could benefit from this program.

Extra funding will also be provided for broadband kiosks for Seniors at the Cabramatta Community Centre and Cabra-Vale Diggers allow local seniors to stay informed and keep in touch with family and friends.

Assisting new parents

1,336 local families are already benefiting from Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave scheme, local dads and partners are benefitting from the 2 weeks paid leave and 5,070 local families are benefitting from increases to the Child Care Rebate from 30 to 50%.

With the 2013-14 Budget, Federal Government is continue to provide assistance to new parents and investing in the Childcare Flexibility Trials to test innovative approaches to provide families with access to more flexible care options.

1561 local resident on Parenting Payment, Newstart Allowance and Widow, Sickness and Partner allowance will be able to earn more before their payments are affected.

Higher investment in the Job Services Australia will assist disadvantaged members of the community find a job. Close to 10,000 local residents have been placed in work since the beginning of the program.

Multicultural Communities

Our local area is the most multicultural in the nation. It will certainly benefit from the budget’s $15million investment in empowering multicultural communities by providing grants to support upgrade culture-specific infrastructure, expand the diversity and social cohesion program and increasing Government translating services so that everybody has access to the right information and services.

Our multicultural community will also welcome the increase to Partner visa by 1200 places per annum for the following three years and increasing the Parent visa program by 200 places.

Local Families to lose under an Abbott Government

13,250 eligible families, around 23,300 children if the Schoolkids Bonus is ripped out.

17,300 families in Fowler would lose extra payments to help pay bills and make ends meet through the Household Assistance Package.

28,500 pensioners –single pensioners would lose $351 a year and a couple would lose more than $530 from the Household Assistance Package to help with cost of living increases.

22,800 people in Fowler, mostly women, would lose up to $500 if the Low Income Superannuation Contribution is slashed.

49,000 paying more tax, with an average hike of over $300, if the tax-free threshold goes.

11,300 small businesses would lose the $6,500 Instant Asset Write Off.