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Productivity commission to review remote tax assistance

The Coalition Government has requested the Productivity Commission undertake a review into remote tax assistance to ensure it remains fair and contemporary. The review is in response to concerns raised that the current remote tax assistance has failed to keep pace with a changing Australia. The Zone Tax Offset, Fringe Benefit Tax remote area concessions…

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Boost for Southern Forest irrigation scheme

The Southern Forest Irrigation Scheme has been granted a $1 million Federal Government boost to finalise the regulatory approvals required for the project to progress towards construction.   Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is thrilled with the announcement following months of campaigning to ministers to secure support for the vital project.   The approval process…

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$100 million to support Type 1 diabetes patients in O’Connor

The Liberal National Government will expand free access to glucose monitoring devices for pregnant women, children and more adults with type 1 diabetes, saving people in O’Connor up to $7,000 a year.   Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the $100 million announcement and said the investment guaranties certainty.   “This additional funding over the…

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The future glitters gold for the Gwalia ghost town

The heritage-listed Gwalia Settlement, recognised as the most significant historic miner’s settlement in Western Australia, is set for a tourism boom thanks to a major revitalisation.   Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson, who attended today’s opening of the restored settlement, said the living ghost town will now have more sites for people to visit…

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Esperance Care Services funding increased

Local emergency relief provider Esperance Care Services Inc (ECS) will benefit from an increase in funding over the next four years, according to Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson. ECS provides emergency relief, advocacy and referral services and supports those experiencing poverty, hardship or suffering. The organisation is set to receive $308,250 over four and a…

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Farmers in regional areas will now get more support to resolve labour shortages with new changes to two visa programs. Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program will target genuine workforce shortages in regional areas, such as the Southern Forests region. The changes include an increase to…

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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 Australian 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.