Greyhound Exports to China

Greyhound Exports to China The Australian Government does not condone animal cruelty and takes this issue very seriously. The Government’s role is limited under the Export Control (Animals) Order 2004 to issuing export permits and health certificates for dogs that assures the animal meets importing country requirements. Once exported dogs reach their destination, they come…

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Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients

Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients The Government  will ensure that the welfare system provides strong incentives for people to tackle any barriers they have to looking for work and taking a job when it is available.  Hardworking Australians would not expect that their tax dollars would be used to fund the drug habits of welfare…

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Improving access to copyright material

Improving access to copyright material In March 2017 the Turnbull Government introduced the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 to streamline and simplify the copyright framework for the disability, education, library and archive sectors while respecting the interests of copyright holders. These copyright reforms will support efforts to grow Australia’s economy through…

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Coalition Government continues to support Aged Care

Coalition Government continues to support Aged Care   The Government is providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9911 new residential aged care places with the Petrie electorate set to benefit. With our rapidly ageing population, the Australian Government is committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of…

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SBS Advertising Flexibility

SBS Advertising Flexibility In March 2017, the Government reintroduced the Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility) Bill 2017.   The Bill proposed to provide SBS with some flexibility in its advertising arrangements to earn additional commercial revenue within its existing daily advertising cap. There would not have been any additional advertising on SBS as a…

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Increased Medicare Funding

In a fantastic result for the community, Australian patients are getting more benefit from Medicare than ever before. GP bulk billing rates increased to 85.4 per cent during the second half of 2016 (an increase from 84.7 per cent for the same period in 2015). This is the highest figure ever for the July to…

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Road Safety – Keys2Drive

UPDATE May 2017 The Government has approved an extension to funding for Keys2drive, providing $20 million over four years, including the Australian Automobile Association’s $4 million contribution to the programme, for the provision of free lessons for approximately 200,000 young Australians and their parents or supervising driver. This programme continues to set up a foundation…

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Afterhours GP Services

There are concerning misleading claims that the Government plans to remove Medicare rebates for afterhours GP services.   There is no plan to remove GP afterhours services from Medicare.   The Turnbull Government fully understands the need for all Australians to have access to Medicare services when they require them.   The Government has initiated…

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