Media Release: Budget delivers a more secure future for Longman

Residents in the Longman electorate will benefit from a wide range of measures announced in the Federal Budget last night designed to support better jobs, secure the essentials they rely on and ease cost of living pressures.

LNP Senator for Queensland and Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. James McGrath said major investments in education, Medicare, small business, child care, and infrastructure would make a big difference in the daily lives of people living in the region

Please see some of the key budget measures for the Longman electorate below.

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Got a spare 4 mins to read the below for Budget leaks. Honest. Yeah. Nah.

Dear Friend,

The Budget
Don’t forget to watch the Budget live on the box tonight or click here to watch a live stream on Facebook. I would love to tell you what is in it but I don’t know. So let’s watch it together over some virtual popcorn and Milo.

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Appointment of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

The Government is pleased to announce that Mr Michael Manthorpe PSM has been officially appointed as the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Senator the Hon. James McGrath said Mr Manthorpe brought a wealth of experience from his many years in senior leadership roles across the public service to the position of Ombudsman.

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Strengthening the integrity of Australian Citizenship

The Turnbull Government will strengthen Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of citizenship processes and requirements.

Our reforms will ensure applicants are competent in English, have been a permanent resident for at least four years and commit to embracing Australian values.

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Our Enterprise Tax Plan - Supporting Australian Small Businesses

The measures passed through the Senate mean 3.2 million Australian businesses will pay less tax. These businesses employ 6.5 million Australians.

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18C Reform

Freedom of speech is everything. From this deep old well comes our right to speak. To gather. To join or not join. To pray. To not pray. To think, to write and to believe.

The proposed changes to 18C get the balance right by removing the words offend, insult and humiliate and changing to harass and intimidate. The test to be applied will be the standard of a reasonable member of the Australian community. There will also be changes made to the complaints handling process of the Human Rights Commission.

Now it is up to the Senate and we in the Liberal Nationals will get on with delivering jobs, fighting increased cost of living and building stuff while keeping out bad people and bad diseases. 

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