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APPRENTICES IN HUNTER TAKE UP TRADE LOANS

 

Apprentices in the Hunter are seeking support through the Australian government’s Trade Support Loans programme. Nationwide 40,000 apprentices are accessing the loans, 213 of them in the Hunter electorate according to the Nationals Duty Senator John Williams.
He said the Trade Support Loans programme offers loans of up to $20,000 to help apprentices cover day-to-day expenses associated with living, learning and completing an apprenticeship.
The money can be used to purchase equipment for their trade.
Senator Williams says a 20 percent discount on the loan amount is offered as an incentive to complete the apprenticeship.
“I urge apprentices in Hunter who need a helping hand to apply for a Trade Support Loan and details are available at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au”, Senator Williams said.

APPRENTICES IN RICHMOND SEEK SUPPORT

The number of Australian apprentices supported through the Federal government’s Trade Support Loans has doubled in the past year, with 40,000 apprentices accessing loans nationwide.

In Richmond, 310 apprentices have applied for the loans according to the Nationals Duty Senator for the electorate John Williams.

Senator Williams said the Trade Support Loans programme offers loans of up to $20,000 to help apprentices cover day-to-day expenses associated with living, learning and completing an apprenticeship.

He said the money can be used to purchase equipment for their trade.

Senator Williams says a 20 percent discount on the loan amount is offered as an incentive to complete the apprenticeship.

“I urge apprentices in Richmond who need a helping hand to apply for a Trade Support Loan and details are available at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au”, Senator Williams said.

 

Letter to the Editor-Parliament Recalled

Dear Sir,

Please allow me the space to explain to your readers why the Australian Parliament is being recalled on the 18th of April and the important decision that lies with it. The Federal government wants to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to rein in the lawlessness of some in the union movement. ABS data shows that during the operation of the ABCC until 2012, the labour productivity index for the construction industry increased by 20 per cent, in contrast to the 16 Market Sector industries index which increased by only 12 per cent. Since the abolition of the ABCC by Labor, the number of days lost to industrial disputes in the construction sector (per 1,000 workers) has increased by 34 per cent. The worst offender is the CFMEU and 100 of its members are currently before the courts.  The Royal Commission exposed incidents of blackmail, thuggery and threats but still that is not enough for Labor and the Greens to support legislation to pull them into line. Of the 25 Labor Senators, 17 are sponsored by Unions, and of course unions are the major donor to the Labor party and a significant contributor to the Greens.

Read more: Letter to the Editor-Parliament Recalled

2016 REGIONAL DENTISTRY SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED

                                  

              Dental   Rural   

                

Two students will be assisted with their dentistry studies this year under the NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship programme.

Established six years ago by the National Rural Health Alliance and sponsored by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams, the scholarship provides $4,800 to a commencing dentistry student to assist in their first year studies.

The recipient this year is Leazelle Graham who was educated in Wellington in the NSW central west.

Read more: 2016 REGIONAL DENTISTRY SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED

MIS – A BITTER HARVEST

The Senate Economics committee has handed down its report into the reasons for the failure of so many Managed Investment Schemes (MIS). These schemes typically are forestry but in the case of Timbercorp (raised around $1 billion) and Great Southern ($1.8 billion) which were the two major collapses in 2009, people invested in olives, almonds, macadamias, stone fruit, citrus, mangoes, avocadoes and table grapes. MIS encouraged investors to borrow heavily and pay tax-deductable fees in the first few years as orchards were planted with the promise of big returns at harvest time. But the Senate committee determined the industry descended into nothing more than an ‘abhorrent Ponzi scheme’. Most investors walked into the concept blind to the consequences, and poured an estimated $8 billion into MIS from 1998.

Read more: MIS – A BITTER HARVEST

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