9 May 2018
The Turnbull Government is sticking to its plan to build a stronger economy to benefit all Australians, says Gold Coast MP Steven Ciobo.
“We are delivering tax relief with a focus on low and middle income earners, investing in congestion busting infrastructure and responsibly returning the budget to balance,” he said.
“Under the Government’s economic plan jobs are being created, investment is rising and the budget is strengthening. This means that we can continue to guarantee the essential services Gold Coasters rely on.”
“Importantly this budget delivers for the Gold Coast and will create and support local jobs with funding to bust congestion on the M1, support tourism and grow our film industry.”
Our plan will:
• Deliver lower, fairer and simpler taxes to encourage and reward working Australians;
• Back businesses to invest and create more jobs, building on our legislated tax cuts for small and medium enterprise, supporting businesses to compete globally, delivering infrastructure that industry and workers rely on; and targeting incentives to promote research, development and new technology;
• Guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on including record funding for hospitals and schools, a comprehensive approach to aged care so older Australians can live life to the full, and guaranteed funding for disability services;
• Keep Australians safe by strengthening security at airports and investing more in our intelligence and security service so they can respond to new and challenging threats. We will also protect our unique environment with smarter biosecurity systems and continue to safeguard our borders.
• Ensure the Government lives within its means with a forecast return to modest budget balance in 2019-20, increasing to a projected surplus of $11 billion in 2020-21; no longer borrowing to pay for essential services; and the lowest average real growth in payments of any Government in the last 50 years.
“Our tax relief plan will encourage and reward hard working Gold Coasters. Almost 74,000 taxpayers in Moncrieff will receive a new offset of up to $530 a year under our plan to reduce cost pressures on household budgets,” Mr Ciobo said.
“There is great news for Gold Coast small businesses with the $20,000 instant asset write-off continuing for another year, helping small business invest in new equipment. This is on top of legislated tax cuts for small and medium businesses that are helping them to grow, create more jobs and pay higher wages.”
The Turnbull Government’s rolling infrastructure plan includes $1 billion to address congestion on the M1 Motorway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
To enhance Australia’s competitiveness as an international screen production destination, the Turnbull Government will provide $140 million over four years to establish the Location Incentive Funding Program. From 1 July 2018, the incentive will encourage more international productions to film in Australia, reinforcing our reputation as a world-class filming destination and lead to more jobs for our creative industries.
The Turnbull Government is continuing to provide record funding for Tourism Australia and further supporting the industry with $45 million in grants through the Building Better Regions Fund to help move tourists beyond the major cities.
While delivering job-creating initiatives the Turnbull Government is also guaranteeing the essential services Gold Coast families rely on.
“We are increasing total health and hospitals funding by 30 per cent, delivering a 50 per cent average increase per student in fair, real needs-based school funding over the decade, and more child care support to those families who need it most,” said Mr Ciobo.
“As part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to guaranteeing essential services, our More Choices for a Longer Life plan will help older Gold Coast residents live healthy and connected lives with increased financial and skills support and 14,000 more home care places,” he said.
“Our plan for a stronger economy benefits all Australians. After record jobs growth, the proportion of working age Australians now dependent on welfare has fallen to 15.1 per cent – the lowest level in over twenty five years.
“We are also continuing to boost welfare compliance and targeting to help get welfare spending under control while ensuring everyone pays their fair share of tax.
“Our plan for a stronger economy means that Australians can plan for their future with confidence.”