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NATIONAL INDIGENOUS YOUTH PARLIAMENT SOON TO SIT

A week-long programme that will involve advocacy, leadership and participation in the democratic process is being offered to young Indigenous Australians.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says 50 young Indigenous people will be selected to take part in the National Indigenous Youth Parliament in May this year in Canberra, where all aspects of the democratic process will be explored.

Senator Williams said highlights will include a two-day simulated parliament in the House of Representatives chamber and discussions with Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Indigenous leaders and senior public servants on leadership and contemporary youth issues.

He said 50 candidates aged between 16 and 25 will be selected comprising six from each state and territory and two from the Torres Strait.

Applications close on the 3rd of March and further details are at www.aec.gov.au/Indigenous/niyp

NORTH COAST POPULAR WITH AUSSIES

Figures released by Tourism Research Australia reinforce the north coast as a popular holiday destination for Australian holidaymakers.

The National Visitor Survey reveals just over 5 million people visited locations in the Richmond electorate in the 12 months to the end of September this year, an increase of 11% on the previous 12 months and 15% increase over 3 years.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the visitation was a massive boost to the  economy.

He said it is estimated the holidaymakers spent $2.775 billion or an average $546 per head. 

This was a 12% increase on the preceding year and 14% increase over three years.

Senator Williams said it is good to see more Australians preferring to holiday at home because it helps create more jobs.

BACKPACKER TAX A WIN FOR COMMONSENSE, NOT POLITICS

fruit picking-e1418771184838Tonight’s passing of legislation for a backpacker tax of 15% ends weeks of uncertainty for Australian farmers and small businesses, but it should never have got to this.

The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams said he could not believe that those who depend on backpackers to work for them would be treated as punching bags by the Labor Party, the Greens and some of the crossbenches.

Senator Williams said the Government had done the right thing in offering to reduce the tax rate from 19% to 15% even though it was a $120 million hit on the Budget, and said he and his Coalition colleagues were disappointed to see crossbench members vote it down on

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2017 REGIONAL DENTISTRY SCHOLARSHIP

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Applications are now open for the 2017 Regional Dentistry Scholarship which is financially supported by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.

The scholarship will be presented to a person commencing dentistry studies next year and Senator Williams will contribute $4,800 towards their first year costs.

Applicants must have lived in regional New South Wales for at least five years from the age of 5 and must be commencing full-time study in an accredited Australian dentistry degree in 2017.

The successful applicant will be selected on the basis of the length of time they have lived in regional New South Wales as well as their financial need and their demonstrated commitment to living and working in regional New South Wales.

The scholarship is administered by the National Rural Health Alliance which offers support throughout the year and the successful student will have access to mentoring from an experienced dentist.

Senator Williams said the 2017 scholarship will be the 8th to be awarded.

Application forms and guidelines are available at www.ruralhealth.org.au and close on the 20th of February.

BUILDING COMMUNITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The Australian Government has announced the new Building Better Regions Fund that will see major investment in projects that will create jobs and build stronger rural, regional and remote communities into the future.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash has announced a $297 million fund to deliver infrastructure projects and community activities located outside the major capital cities, and Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams says it will be available in two streams.

He said the Infrastructure Projects Stream will invest in projects that involve the construction of new infrastructure or the upgrade of existing infrastructure.

Read more: BUILDING COMMUNITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

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