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Budget great for O’Connor

This week’s Federal Budget will be fantastic for the O’Connor electorate of Rick Wilson MP, with almost 60,000 taxpayers on low and middle incomes getting relief and Western Australia clawing back a further $2.115 billion in GST revenue.

Mr Wilson’s electorate takes in much of Western Australia, from the Goldfields-Esperance region, through the Wheatbelt and Great Southern to the Southwest.

“This Budget is very good for Western Australia, and what’s good for Western Australia is generally good for O’Connor,” Mr Wilson said.

“One striking result for the state is the GST deal that the Morrison Government brokered with WA that will deliver an additional $2.115 billion to the state in 2021-22.

“That’s on top of the $1.547 billion that the deal delivered in the current financial year.”

The multi-billion-dollar GST agreement is one big ticket item among a suite of Budget measures that will directly benefit the people of O’Connor.

“About 58,900 taxpayers in O’Connor will get relief of up to $2745 as a result of the Federal Government’s decision to extend the low and middle income tax offset to 2021-22 and to bring forward Stage 2 of our tax relief plan,” Mr Wilson said.

“We’re increasing funding for preschools and making childcare more affordable and accessible.

“Childcare reforms in this Budget will directly benefit more than 960 families living in O’Connor.”

The Budget also delivers a record investment in aged care to help the 25,900 seniors who live in O’Connor.

“This investment will deliver more home care places and funding for residential aged care, and it increases the amount of time residents are cared for,” Mr Wilson said.

In O’Connor there have been 194,659 telehealth consultations through Medicare since the pandemic started, and these services have now been extended.

“From very young people, through to families and older Australians, this Budget will deliver on the ground in Albany, Collie, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Katanning, Manjimup, Narrogin and everywhere else in my vast and diverse electorate,” Mr Wilson said.

On the infrastructure front, an additional $1 billion has been allocated to the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program from which communities all around O’Connor have directly benefitted in recent times.

“The Building Better Regions Fund has also been extended by a further $250 million into a sixth round,” Mr Wilson said.

“Major projects to have benefitted from the fund include the new Esperance jetty, Riverside Club building in Denmark, Southwest Energy Experience in Manjimup, Great Southern Housing Initiative, Albany foreshore project, Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre and reconstruction of the historic Gwalia headframe.

“This program is one that has captured the imagination of shires and regional cities right across O’Connor and has supported many transformative community projects in the Great Southern, Southwest and Goldfields-Esperance regions.”Media contact: Chris Thomson | 0467 710 180 | chris.thomson@aph.gov.au

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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 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.