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DELIVERING TAX RELIEF FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSSINESEES IN THE BEACHES SOONER

The Liberal Government will deliver additional tax relief to 23,687 small and medium businesses in Mackellar, five years earlier than planned.

 

“This is good news for the Beaches - lower company tax means more investment, more jobs and higher wages,” Mr Falinski said.

 

“We will introduce legislation during the next session of Parliament, fast-tracking our business tax relief for 23,687 small and medium businesses in Mackellar.”

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Life-changing Cystic Fibrosis medicine now available on the PBS

The Morrison Government has subsidised a life-changing cystic fibrosis medicine which will significantly extend the lives of patients while saving families up to a quarter of a million dollars a year.

 

Orkambi® is now available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for all patients over the age of 6 years who have the most the most common form of cystic fibrosis - two copies of the f508del mutation in the CFTR gene.

 

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski said this support will provide over 1,200 Australian patients, and their families, with a longer and better life.

 

“The Morrison Government’s plan to keep our economy strong means we can guarantee the essential services Australians rely on, including subsidising such life-saving medicines for diseases like cystic fibrosis.” Mr Falinski said.

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ACCESS TO LIFESAVING SCANS

Patients in the Beaches will now be able to access lifesaving scans for cancer, stroke, heart and other medical conditions with the Coalition Government announcing a new MRI licence for Northern Beaches Hospital.

Jason Falinski Member for Mackellar said the MRI machine is expected to benefit 4,000 local patients a year through a Medicare rebate and provide an estimated 5,500 services a year.

“This is the type of world class healthcare that will be provided in the Northern Beaches under a Liberal Government.

“In the last Federal budget we increased funding to NSW Hospitals by 29%, this is a firsthand example of that investment.” Mr Falinski said.

Member for Warringah Tony Abbott said the new Northern Beaches Hospital is one of ten locations to receive Medicare subsidised MRIs from 1 November 2018.

"Of course the MRI is serving the new hospital which is only happening because of the NSW Liberal Government.

“I’ve been lobbying the minister for at least a year to get an MRI licence for the new hospital. I’m pleased that he’s listened and that the Peninsula will benefit from Jason’s efforts and mine.

“If you want a better local area, you sure need a strong local member who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” Mr Abbott said.

Dean Lewsam Chief Executive of Healthcare Imaging Services said today’s announcement was a great outcome.

“The MRI licence at Northern Beaches Hospital is a positive outcome for 270,000 people of the Northern Beaches, who will now have access to affordable and accessible high quality MRI services.

“At Northern Beaches every imaging machine will be of the latest generation, and we will have a strong new team to deliver better clinical care to our patients in every imaging modality. The community will now have access to the very first 3T MRI on the Northern Beaches,” Mr Lewsam said.

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MORE CHOICE FOR FAMILIES IN MACKELLAR

Jason Falinski Member for Mackellar said the Federal Government had guaranteed choice in education for local parents through its agreement with the Catholic and Independent school sectors.

 

The Federal Government is providing record funding over 10 years to all Australian schools with $113.6 billion to State schools, $88.9 billion to Catholic schools and $68.5 billion to Independent schools.

 

Mr Falinski said there were 47 Catholic and Independent schools in Mackellar.

 

“We have wonderful schools in the Beaches and the Government has now guaranteed that parents will continue to have a choice about where to send their kids to school,” Mr Falinski said.

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TOUGH PENALTIES FOR FRUIT CONTAMINATION

Tough new laws to deter food contamination have passed Parliament today Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski announced.

Over the past few days contaminated strawberries have been found across Australia. Today, an apple in a local school has been reported to have been contaminated.

“My priority is to keep our community safe. What we have heard come out of a local school is simply a cowardly act.

“Today the Federal Government has urgently passed tough new measures that would allow the book to be thrown at these cowards.”

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CLOSURE OF NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK AVALON

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski has called on NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn to explain why the Avalon NAB branch has closed its doors.

 

“Small businesses and residents in Avalon have been impacted by this closure without any information as to why the branch was closed.”

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SPORT FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski launched The Community Sport Infrastructure grant programme today, enabling sport and community organisations to apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting facilities in 2018-19.

Jason Falinski urged local sporting groups to consider projects that would help build participation in physical activity, community partnerships and inclusiveness.

“Sporting facilities are vital for inspiring physical activity and health, but also for building community spirit and pride,” Mr Falinski said.

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SAFER COMMUNITIES FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE

Jason Falinski has called on Northern Beaches Council and community organisations in the Beaches to apply for a share of up to $1 million in funding through the Safer Communities Fund.

 

The Safer Communities Fund is an Australian Government commitment to keep Australians safe and secure by enhancing the efforts of local councils and community organisations to address crime and antisocial behaviour.

 

Due to the program’s success, the Coalition Government announced in May an additional $30 million in funding from assets confiscated by the Commonwealth as proceeds of crime.

 

Grant applications for round three of the Safer Communities Fund are now open.

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GRANTS OPEN FOR VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS IN THE BEACHES

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski has called on community organisations in the Beaches to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to support the efforts of their volunteers.

 

Jason Falinski said applications for the Volunteer Grants were now open.

 

“Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will help community organisations in the Beaches buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising,” Mr Falinski said.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON PROTECTION OF NORTHERN BEACHES MARINE LIFE

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski welcomes residents, businesses and community groups to have their say on ways to protect our marine environment, with the Northern Beaches included in a proposed new marine park off the Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong coast.

The proposed marine park would include 25 sites from Newcastle to Wollongong and aim to enhance marine biodiversity.

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