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Archive for October 2016

O’Connor receives funding for bushfire mitigation projects

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson today announced $268,395 in funding to better prepare local communities from the threat of bushfires in the upcoming summer season. Mr Wilson said the funding would be allocated to local councils and organisations in O’Connor under the Federal Government’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme. “Sadly, the tragedy that…

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Backpacker Tax resolution nearly complete

This week, the Government introduced an important piece of legislation that will slash the rate of taxation for working holiday makers, namely the 32.5 per cent figure that became known as the Backpacker Tax. The Government has acknowledged such a rate of taxation would be counterproductive, given its potential to drive away a much-needed source…

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National Stronger Regions Fund delivers for O’Connor

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP is pleased to announce five projects in O’Connor will share in nearly $4 million from the National Stronger Regions Fund. Mr Wilson said the most significant announcement was a grant of $1,610,310 to the Shire of Manjimup, which would allow the proposed Wellness and Lifestyle Centre to be completed…

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.