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Hire industry’s battle with the Personal Property Securities Act comes to an end

PRESS RELEASE, HIRE AND RENTAL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION LTD.

Australia’s hire industry has finally seen ‘a win for common sense’ with the passing of new legislation to release the majority of the hire industry from the clutches of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA).

After more than five years of being tied up in red tape and where hire industry members have literally seen hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment seized and lost, both Houses of Federal Parliament have passed a Bill to fix what Bill proponent, Senator John (‘Wacka’) Williams called ‘legalised theft’.

When proposing the changes in Parliament on 11 May, 2017, Senator Williams said: “This new legislation will amend the Act's definition of a PPS lease to ensure it captures only leases which are long enough to necessitate registration on the PPS Register to meet the Act's

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HELPING PARENTS PREPARE FOR WORK ON THE NORTH COAST

Disadvantaged parents of young children will soon have access to the training and support they need to become work ready, thanks to the Turnbull Government’s decision to expand the successful ParentsNext program.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the best form of welfare is a job and the government is focused on helping more parents of young children into work.

He said ParentsNext will connect North Coast parents of young children with personalised support to improve their work readiness by the time their children start school.

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VOLUNTEER GRANTS FOR HUNTER

Eighteen community groups and individuals in Hunter will receive volunteer grants that have been announced today.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said he had been advised by the Minister for Social Services the Hon. Christian Porter that $73,000 had been approved for a range of purposes including the purchase of equipment, training and transport.

Grants are between $1,000 and $5,000.

Senator Williams said the successful recipients are –

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GOOD BUDGET FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL NSW

The Federal Budget commitment to infrastructure spending and new investment initiatives are good news for regional areas according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams.

Senator Williams said the Turnbull-Joyce government has announced $75 billion will be spent over the next ten years for critical airport, road and rail infrastructure, including an $8.4 billion injection for the Inland Rail.

He said the Inland Rail fast-track freight line will link Melbourne and Brisbane by 2024 and is projected to create 16,000 new jobs at the peak of construction.

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VOLUNTEER GRANTS ANNOUNCED IN RICHMOND

Twenty four groups and individuals in a range of locations will share in just over $88,000 in volunteer grants that have been announced today.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will enable community organisations to better support their volunteers through the purchase of equipment as well as providing training and transport.

Senator Williams said the following groups and individuals will receive funding –

Friends of the Circus Incorporated $4,775; Tweed District Rescue Squad $3,921; Steer Project Incorporated (Yelgun) $5,000; Tweed Valley

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