Community News: July 2012
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 @ 1:19PM
Delivering a strong future for all Australians:
Sharing the benefits
The 2012 Federal Budget has not only returned to surplus as promised – it has ensured that families and small business will share in the benefits of the resources boom.
Interest rates are now lower than at any time under the previous Government and this budget is protecting our community’s most vulnerable with reforms like the historic first steps towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care reform and a blitz on dental waiting lists.
The Budget also forecasts a reduction in general public sector levels by about 1.17% nationally, which brings the public service back to the same size it was in 2009/10. The Government has said that overwhelmingly, these job losses will occur through voluntary redundancies and natural attrition.
Importantly, decisions that are made, will recognise the importance of keeping our public services strong. Our focus will always be on getting better efficiency and better targeted programs to deliver better quality services for Australians.
The NBN rollout continues across the ACT with some of the first services coming online towards the end of this year. I’m keen to know what you think about the NBN rollout across Canberra and have included a reply paid section on the back page.
Household Assistance Package
Single Parents: More than 3,100 Canberra families will recieve an extra $289 per year in increased income support as well as assistance through increased family payments.
Pensioners & Self Funded Retirees: More than 30,500 ACT pensioners will receive an extra $338 per year for singles, and $510 for couples combined in their pensions from May 2012 and more than 5,000 self-funded retirees will recieve an extra $338 a year for singles and $510 for couples combined.
Families: More than 18,800 ACT families will recieve extra money through family assistance payments. Of these families, FTB A recipients will receive up to $110 extra a year per child and FTB B recipients will receive up to $69 extra a year per family, across the ACT.
How do we compare on jobs and the economy?
- Opposed the GFC stimulus package which saved 200,000 jobs, and have promised to slash 20,000 public sector jobs
- Will bring back Workchoices and will get rid of penalty rates
- The average unemployment rate under the Liberals was 6.4%
- Will increase taxes by $1300 per household to pay for Liberal carbon plans
- More than 700,000 jobs created. Labor alone saved 200,000 jobs during the height of the GFC.
- Labor abolished Workchoices and restored a basic safety net for all workers.
- Our unemployment rate is now 5.1%
- Our Budget has been returned to surplus in 2012/13
- Under Labor, a person earning $50,000 will pay $1,750 less tax
National Institutions to receive a boost
The National Capital Authority (NCA) received $11.9 million over four years as part of the 2012-13 Budget. The role of the NCA is a vital one for the nation and it is so important to maintain essential Commonwealth infrastructure in Canberra.
Equally pleasing is the strong endorsement of the vital role played by Australia’s national collecting ‘treasure-house’ institutions, and their extraordinary contribution to the digital economy, education and research, school curricula and, of course, the ongoing ‘maintenance’ of the nation’s memory. It was with a strong sense of satisfaction that the budget provided a funding boost of $39.3 million over four years, for the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
What a great boost for our nation’s Capital as the Centenary year looms. Speaking of the Centenary – It has been a privilege for me to be involved in many of the major Canberra Centenary moments over the last several years.
If you’re interested, the speeches can be found under the heading ‘Key Centenary Parliamentary Speeches’ at:
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to become a reality
The Gillard Government has made a monumental commitment to built the nation’s first National Disability Insurance Scheme with an investment of $1 billion over four years.
For more information visit www.ndis.gov.au
A discovery of a Canberra Treasure
I was delighted to be present at the handover of one of this city’s most significant heritage documents: the original 29 page typescript of Walter and Marion Burley Griffin that accompanied their dazzling sixteen drawings in the international Canberra design competition, 1911-12. A prized discovery made recently by the Centenary of Canberra’s History and Heritage Adviser, Dr David Headon, the document was formally handed over by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher to Minister for Regional Australia and the Arts, Simon Crean. The date chosen for the handover was intentional: the exact Centenary of the announcement of the design competition on 23 May 1912.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher (left), David Fricker (Director General, National Archives of Australia), and Senator Kate Lundy inspect the newly discovered typescript.
Labor’s new school kid bonus
Helping local families when they need it most
From 1 January 2013, families recieving Family Tax Benefit A will receive two automatic payments during the school year to help meet their kids schooling costs – paid directly into their bank account. Eligible families will recieve their payments before Term 1 and Term 3, totalling $410 for each primary student and $820 for each secondary student, per year.
2012 is the National Year of Reading
I am very proud to be a National Year of Reading ACT Ambassador. The Labor Government is delighted to be supporting this initiative by providing a support package of $1.3 million. Visit and join your local library – there is so much more to do there than just read books.
What does the National Broadband Network mean for you?
The NBN Co Discovery Tuck visited Canberra from 15 June to 19 June to provide a travelling road show for Canberrans to see what the NBN will mean for them.
This is a new era in telecommunications for Australians. The NBN will change the way we live and work and ensure that our economy keeps up with the rest of the world. But what does it mean for us as Canberrans?
What is happening now?
The Crace exchange is already being constructed and will provide NBN services to some 12,000 homes and businesses in the Gungahlin area.
What about other suburbs across Canberra?
The three year rollout plan of the NBN will see fibre construction start by 30 June 2015 in other areas across Canberra for homes and businesses as follows:
Belconnen: 11,900 homes and businesses – Aranda, Belconnen, Bruce, Cook, Giralang, Kaleen, Lawson and Macquarie
Crace: 8,900 homes and businesses – Amaroo, Crace, Franklin, Gungahlin, Harrison, Lyneham, Mitchell, Ngunnawal, Nicholls, Palmerston and Watson
Civic: 24,300 homes and businesses – Ainslie, Barton, Braddon, Campbell, City, Dickson, Downer, Hackett, Lyneham, O’Connor, Reid, Turner and Watson
Monash: 21,100 homes and businessess – Banks, Bonython, Calwell, Chisholm, Conder, Fadden, Gilmore, Gordon, Gowrie, Greenway, Isabella Plains, Macarthur, Monash, Richardson and Theodore
Scullin: 20,400 homes and businesses – Charnwood, Dunlop, Evatt, Florey, Flynn, Fraser, Hawker, Higgins, Holt, Latham, Macgregor, McKellar, Melba, Page, Scullin, Spence and Weetangera
Kambah: 15,800 homes and businesses – Farrer, Isaacs, Kambah, Mawson, O’Malley, Oxley, Pearce, Torrens and Wanniassa
Deakin: 7,500 homes and businesses – Chapman, Chifley, Curtin, Deakin, Duffy, Fisher, Garran, Holder, Hughes, Lyons, Phillip, Rivett, Stirling, Waramanga and Weston
Manuka: 13,400 homes and businesses – Barton, Forrest, Griffith, Kingston, Narrabundah, Parkes and Red Hill
*Other suburbs will follow in future annoucements – keep across what’s next by visiting www.nbnco.com.au
The NBN really puts Canberra back on the ‘super highway’ map. I’m keen to know what you think about the NBN and how it affects your business or home. To send me your views email Senator.Lundy@aph.gov.au
Say yes to a connected Canberra
In the 21st Century, the internet is basic infrastructure. Australian families rely on it and Australian businesses need it. That is why the Gillard Government is making sure that every home, business, school and hospital across Australia will have access to faster, affordable and more reliable broadband through the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The NBN will help Canberra businesses develop innovative and efficient ways to compete locally and globally. Through high-definition video conferencing the NBN will give our children access to subjects and educational resources not offered at their own schools, and allow patients to conduct appointments with specialists from their own homes.
We are calling on Canberrans to say ‘Yes’ to the NBN and help transform Canberra into a high-tech city of the 21st Century.
Authorised by Senator K Lundy, 11 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601.