Federal budget has a focus on the regions

The last budget has been one of the best received in years and delivers a number of positives for our local regional communities.

We are seeing that the previous budget’s tax cuts for small and medium businesses are now driving our economic growth.

In this year’s budget, lowering of personal taxes are front loaded to deliver to low and medium income earners first and will have a positive effect throughout our local communities.

The enormously popular $20,000 instant tax write-off has been extended and local businesses and farmers will benefit.

The Coalition has moved to permanently fund the hugely popular School Chaplaincy Program implemented in most of our schools and this will assure the program continues in Cleve, Kimba and Cowell.  

Aged care funding will increase at 6 percent per year and we are delivering 14,000 extra home care packages to help older Australians live at home.

The government has committed to a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund and Stronger Communities.

These programs have delivered tens of millions for local infrastructure into the Grey electorate. Currently there are local submissions to BBRF round two which will be announced soon.

We all use this bridge and it is vital to our part of the state. Anyone who has been diverted during closures via Yorkey’s Crossing will know how dangerous this dusty road is with the huge volume of traffic and for Port Augusta residents it poses severe pedestrian safety problems.

Most importantly is the work we are doing with the training of 3000 rural generalist doctors which will increase the supply of appropriately trained doctors to rural areas.

We have also lifted the parental earning rate in relation to Independent Youth Allowance, which will help more of our local students attend university.

On the broader issues, this budget will be the last in deficit, four and half years after coming to office we have reeled in the long-term structural deficits we inherited from Labor.

We have done it while promoting strong economic growth and it is a reason to celebrate.

There is much to be optimistic about and now what we really need is more rain.

ROWAN RAMSEY

Federal Member for Grey