Teaching, training and retaining the next generation of health workers in rural, regional and remote Australia is a priority for the Australian Government.
The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams says the Coalition Government has moved to streamline the former Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants programme to better respond to the needs of rural communities and support the work of rural general practices.
He said $13.1 million will be provided as infrastructure grants that can be used for construction, fit-out and renovation of an existing general practice building.
Senator Williams said the funding can also be used for the supply and installation of information and communication technology equipment or medical equipment.
Community organisations in Hunter are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to assist the work of their volunteers.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said the funding is being made available under the $10 million Volunteer Grant round to support volunteers who give their time and skills to their local groups.
Senator Williams said numerous organisations in Hunter benefited from grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 last year for such things as first aid training and equipment, computer and electronic equipment, and reimbursement for volunteers’ training and fuel costs.
Applications for Volunteer Grants close on the 20th of December 2016 and further information is available at dss.gov.au/grants.
A much-publicised plan to establish a shipping port at Yamba on the north coast and link it by rail to the north-western town of Moree is highly unlikely to ever occur.
The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams today labelled it a “pipe dream” based on the extreme hurdles it would have to overcome to gain approval.
In Senate estimates, Senator Williams asked the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Mike Mrdak if he had any further details on the project.
Contrary to claims published on Wednesday the 26th of October (Plibersek visits Minimbah School, Indigenous education believed to be at risk) the Coalition Government cares more about needs-based funding to our students than Labor. We’ve made it clear that we want needs-based, sector blind funding that focuses on quality school initiatives and outcomes.
Some people may think that what we have now (as implemented by Labor) is needs-based funding as David Gonski recommended. It is not. Gonski review author Ken Boston said it is a ‘corruption’ of Gonski and what those experts tried to achieve.
Students in one State are getting different amounts to students in another State, despite their funding characteristics being the same.
Indigenous education policy has a better probability of success if ownership resides in the community. Indigenous students need to be able to see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in the curriculum. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority enables all students to engage in reconciliation, respect and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
The proposed 32.5 per cent tax rate that was to apply to working holiday visa holders from July 1 will be slashed to 19 per cent following strong representations by The Nationals in Government.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the change had to occur to ensure farmers could get their fruit picked at the right time which in turn means local towns prosper.
Senator Williams said led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce, the Nationals had lobbied for a review of the Budget announcement as they live in the regions where the tax would have the greatest effect.