Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic says the 2013-14 Budget has made tough but right decisions for the long-term prosperity of Australia.
“This is a budget aimed squarely at making Australia stronger, smarter and fairer through investment in infrastructure, schools and social reform,” Mr Husic said.
Key features of last night’s Budget that will benefit the Chifley electorate include:
- $19.3 billion will be invested in DisabilityCare Australia over the next seven years, in part funded by a 0.5% increase to the Medicare Levy delivering for almost 3,800 local people who may be eligible for support under DisabilityCare.
- $9.8 billion over the next six years in schools, delivering the more equitable and consistent funding system recommended in the Gonski Review.
- $24 billion over the next six years in order to meet challenges associated with population growth and the expansion of our major cities, including the provision of $1.8 billion to partner with the New South Wales Government to build the long-overdue extension to the M4 motorway.
- Building on our investment in the National Broadband Network in Western Sydney, the Federal Government will provide extra funding for each of the six Broadband for Seniors Kiosks in Chifley.
“Delivering DisabilityCare is without a doubt the most fundamental social policy reform this country has seen since we introduced Medicare.
“For far too long, this sort of reform was in the too hard basket and we now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the life-long needs of people with profound disability.”
Mr Husic believes Labor’s National Plan for School Improvement not only makes the distribution of funding fairer, it targets those students and schools facing the greatest disadvantage.
“Better resourcing local schools and supporting every student is essential to Australia’s future productivity and wellbeing.
“I’m also happy to see the Government providing an additional $39.4 million through to the end of 2014 to extend the Active After-school Communities program which currently has 1,225 children in Chifley participating.
“The Government has clearly responded to changes in our country’s economic circumstances,” Mr Husic said.
“In these difficult economic times, the Government has chosen not to cut essential services because of the significant cost this would have on jobs and growth.”