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$1.25 BILLION TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF AUSTRALIANS

The Liberal Government will improve the health and care of patients in the Beaches with a guaranteed $1.25 billion boost to health services.  

 

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski said that this will provide more doctors, more nurses and more services in every state and territory.

 

“This is the tangible benefit of strong economy and it’s why we are so committed to keeping our economy strong,” Jason Falinski said.

 

“The $1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program will fund projects and services in every state and territory, supporting patient care while reducing pressure on community and hospital services.” 

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AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE GRANTS NOW OPEN

Local organisations in the beaches can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritage, Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski said today.

 

A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years and from 2022-23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually.

 

For the first time, the funding round includes Indigenous and natural heritage places as well as those with historic heritage values.

 

Applications are now open and will close on 19 December 2018.

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INQUIRY INTO LABOR’S RETIREE TAX TO COME TO DEE WHY

The House of Representatives Economics Committee Inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits will hold a public hearing 9.30am Friday 30 November at Dee Why RSL.

 

The Inquiry will hear public submissions and submissions from Wilson Asset Management, Committee member Jason Falinski said.

 

“In the beaches more than 28,000 people will have their hard earned savings raided by Labor through its retiree tax.

 

“Friday is their chance to make their voices heard and tell Labor that it is not their money to take,” Mr Falinski said.

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MINISTER PAVEY HEARS CLEARWAY CONCERNS

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski yesterday joined community advocates and local business owners in a meeting with the Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey and RMS executives to discuss the proposal for clearways through Collaroy and Narrabeen.

 

Mr Falinski, who presented a petition of almost 4,000 signatures, said Minister Pavey has heard loud and clear the community’s strong opposition.

 

“I thank the Minister for taking the time to hear our concerns regarding this radical proposal.

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CHANGES TO EMPLOYEE SHARE SCHEMES TO BENEFIT BUSINESSES IN THE BEACHES

Small businesses in the Beaches will benefit from improvements the Coalition Government is making to employee share schemes which are designed to help attract, retain and motivate employees.

The Government’s proposed changes include doubling the value limit of eligible financial products that can be offered to $10,000 per employee, per year.

Jason Falinski said that employee share schemes allow employees to invest in the business for which they work, allowing them to share in the growth and success of the business.

“In the Beaches, there are more than 10,000 small businesses which will benefit from these proposed changes,” Mr Falinski said.

 

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FALINSKI CONFRONTS NAB CEO OVER BRANCH CLOSURE

Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski has used the Parliamentary Economics Committee to grill the big four banks, asking NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn to explain why the Avalon NAB branch has closed.

 

Mr Falinski, who is a member of the Economics Committee that questioned bank CEOs following the Royal Commission called for more competition in the banking sector.

 

“In global terms, the big four banks in Australia are some of the most profitable financial institutions in the world. That does not speak to a competitive environment locally.

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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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