Lower taxes for hard-working Australians
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Canberra - M E Times: The Coalition Government said in a media statement that more than 10 million Australians will start to receive immediate tax relief from next week following the passage of Legislation through the Parliament.
The Coalition Government has delivered on its promise, as outlined in this year’s Budget, to build a better tax system and provide more tax relief to hard-working Australians.
As a result, low and middle income earners will keep more of what they earn and have more money in their pockets. This will ultimately boost household consumption, which will be good for the overall economy.
Starting from next week, low and middle income earners with an income up to $126,000 will receive up to $1,080, or $2,160 for dual income couples, with the increased tax relief to apply from the 2018-19 income year.
Lowering electricity prices is 'more important' than tax cuts: Hanson
Canberra: Pauline Hanson says lowering the price of electricity is more important than delivering tax cuts. The One Nation party leader says ‘I know Australians want a tax cut, I hear it every day’, but insists 'lowering the price of electricity by giving more reliable, dispatchable power in Australia by coal-fired power stations’ should be prioritised. ‘These tax cuts are only going to help those people who are working, not pensioners or those people on welfare,’ she says.
PM should ‘follow the science’ on live sheep exports
Canberra: Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon says Prime Minister Scott Morrison could avoid going backwards on the live sheep exports debate if he ‘is prepared to put silly games aside and follow the science’. Speaking to press, Mr Fitzgibbon says the government didn’t respond to the Heat Stress Risk Assessment report because ‘it wanted to keep the issue beyond the election’. The Member for Hunter says he stands by his party’s commitment to phase out live sheep exports over the next five years, ensuring a transition period for sheep meat producers and others who rely on the industry.
Stronger Action Against Terror Content
Canberra: Major social media companies will take further steps to stop the publication of violent terror content in response to the Morrison Government’s social media taskforce to keep Australians safe online.
The commitments from the Australian Taskforce to Combat Terrorist and Extreme Violent Material Online the Government set up following the Christchurch terrorist attacks will see tighter monitoring and controls on live streaming and a simulation exercise to further test social media companies’ capabilities.
The action comes following the G20 Summit and world leaders’ strong message to technology companies to take action to prevent the exploitation of the internet for terrorism and violent extremism.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his priority was to keep Australians safe.
Australia could be ‘soft target for a Chinese regime’
Sydney: Peta Credlin said this year’s G20 Summit 'appears to be a bit different', focussing on America's trade tensions with China and it's stand-off with Iran in the Persian Gulf. Ms Credlin says the issues could potentially have 'deadly serious' implications for Australia, with trade taking centre stage during Prime Minister Scott Morrison's discussions with US President Donald Trump overnight. She warns it 'could easily get worse' for Australia, which risks being a ‘soft target for a Chinese regime’ if trade was to be used as a ‘geopolitical weapon’. The Sky News host says Mr Morrison's next challenge needs to be ‘something that sets us all up for a better and safer future’
Religious freedom pressing issue: minister
Canberra: Finance Minister Mathias Cormann insists protecting Australians' right to religious freedom is a pressing priority.
But he has declined to offer an example of what he wants religious observants to be able to say or do, which they cannot already.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison intends to introduce a new Religious Discrimination Act by the end of this year.
"I do believe it's a pressing issue to protect Australia's right to religious freedom," Senator Cormann told reporters.
450 Additional Police Set for NSW to Hit The Beat
Sydney: NSW will be a safer State with 450 additional police to be assigned to local stations and specialist areas over the next 12 months to protect communities and fight crime.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is investing $583 million to provide 1500 additional police over the next four years, the single biggest investment for the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government was delivering record investment to frontline services for schools and hospitals, as well as police and emergency services.
“Our frontline police officers put their lives on the line to protect the community. These additional police officers will be sent to stations where they are needed the most to ensure the safety and security of the local community,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Albanese wants peaceful US-Iran resolution
Canberra: Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese wants a peaceful resolution between the US and Iran, saying military conflict is not in the interest of anyone.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed he discussed with US President Donald Trump on Thursday the nuclear deal at the heart of the Iran dispute.
But Mr Morrison said the talks did not extend into what role Australia could play if the situation deteriorated.
Asked whether Mr Morrison should have flatly ruled out a request for support if there is a conflict with Iran, Mr Albanese encouraged a non-violent outcome.
NSW Government to Boost Social and Affordable Housing in Regional NSW
Sydney: Vulnerable people across regional NSW will have access to brand new, fit-for-purpose social and affordable housing thanks to a $41 million investment from the NSW Government.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the NSW Government is committed to delivering purpose-built social housing for those who are doing it tough in rural and regional NSW.
“We are committed to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and delivering better social outcomes for our most vulnerable,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Our priority is creating more and better social housing through the Millers Point sales program. To date, we have built more than 1300 new homes.”
Dutton - To determine who enters the country
Canberra: A new system of medical evacuations for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru could be destined for the scrap heap.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton presented a bill to parliament on Thursday to repeal the so-called medevac laws.
The laws were enacted against the federal government's wishes earlier this year, when it lacked a majority.
Mr Dutton argues "repairing" the legislation will ensure the Australian government is able to determine who enters the country.
Parliament pauses to pay tribute to Bob Hawke
Sydney: Parliament will pause this morning to pay tribute to Labor's longest-serving prime minister, Bob Hawke. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will lead the way, making the first speech when parliament resumes, followed by Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. Mr Hawke died just two days before the May 18 federal election, aged 89.