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Dob-in puts freeze on ice

A new $1 million Dob in a Dealer campaign to be rolled out nationally, will tackle the ice scourge "destroying lives and families" in the Geraldton community. The initiative is a partnership between the Federal Government and Crime Stoppers Australia. Residents will be encouraged to contract Crime Stoppers with information to combat the manuf... read more »

Green Army to tackle Wyndham project

A cultural heritage management program near Wyndham is among the next group of projects to be rolled out as part of the Federal Government's Green Army initiative. Under the scheme, the Balanggarra Green Army Team will assist existing Balanggarra rangers to protect and enhance the cultural and natural heritage of the land. Participants in the... read more »

New law to target excessive surcharges for using cards

New laws have been designed to protect consumers from excessive surcharges for using their credit and debit cards. Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Federal Government's Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015 will take effect this year. The laws will equip the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission wi... read more »

Backpacker tax: Federal Government considering inquiry into issue, Liberal MP says

The Federal Government may overhaul its planned backpacker tax and hold an inquiry into the issue, according to a West Australian federal Liberal MP. There has been a backlash across regional Australia to plans to scrap the $18,200 tax-free threshold for backpackers, and introduce a 32.5 per cent tax rate from their first dollar earned. Farmers, ... read more »

'Fair go' for rural patients

A doctors' group has urged the Federal Government to deliver fairer outcomes for rural patients in the forthcoming Budget, amid concerns from Mid West GPs the Medicare rebate freeze could raise patient costs. Rural Doctors Association of Australia president Dr Ewen McPhee acknowledged some improvements in the regional health sector, but called o... read more »

Backpacker tax in line with latest Tax Office interpretation of law

The changes are due to take effect on July 1, but the Federal Government said a revised interpretation of the existing tax law suggested backpackers should have been paying higher taxes all along. In a statement, a spokesperson for the Treasurer Scott Morrison said that, separate to the government's plans, the Australian Taxation Office "revisited... read more »

Nominations open for awards

Member for Durack Melissa Price is calling on her constituents to celebrate the success of local businesses by nominating them for the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Awards. For 24 years, the awards have recognised Australia's entrepreneurial spirit and the courage of small and medium business. Ms Price said nominating a business would give... read more »

Young people urged to join Green Army

Young Geraldton environmental enthusiasts are being asked to join the Green Army - a Federal Government initiative aimed at protecting the Chapman River and Greenough River estuaries. The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action program that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia. Member... read more »

Nominate a local business for the 2016 Telstra awards

The Mid West's Federal Member is calling on constituents to nominate their local businesses for the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Awards. The national awards for small and medium-sized businesses have been running for 24 years, and include three categories for businesses with fewer than 500, 50 and five employees respectively, as well as the ... read more »

More homes closer to their NBN connection

About 800 premises in Northampton are closer to gaining access to the National Broadband Network as construction on the fixed line network continues. With the completion of final network designs, NBN subcontractors are soon expected to be seen on the streets, laying fibre and building cabinets. Member for Durack Melissa Price said it was grea... read more »

Employee skills to benefit from fund

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has encouraged businesses in the Mid West Gascoyne region to apply for an Industry Skill Fund (ISF) to help take advantage of growth opportunities and train staff. Ms Price said the ISF assists industry to invest in training, support services and develop innovative training solutions. "Under the fund, e... read more »

More towns set to get NBN

Construction is set to begin on the NBN expansions to Dongara, Northampton and Kalbarri. Final network designs are complete, and contractors can now begin laying down the fibre cable and building interchange cabinets. Member for Durack Melissa Price said it was important these towns didn't "waste another decade waiting for gold-plated broadba... read more »

Engagement key to closing the gap

While I applaud the inroads we made in the past 12 months in closing the gap for indigenous Australians, more still needs to be done. I am pleased to say Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made it very clear this week that this government will honour the commitment to deliver a new future, with hope and opportunity. Not by delivering to indigeno... read more »

Closing date of safer streets aid program extended

Geraldton has a second chance to apply for round two of the Safer Streets Program after the application deadline was extended by two weeks recently. The second round of Government funding will offer up to $29.4 million in individual grants, with the deadline now Wednesday, March 2. The grants will build on round one funding of $19 million, fo... read more »

Penalty rates row

I write regarding the article by Karratha branch members of the Labor Party (Leave penalty rates for workers alone, page 10, 3/2). This issue is a storm in a teacup. As the elected Member for Durack, it is my duty to represent all my constituents, and by presenting a constituent's view to the Fair Work Commission as per the constituent's requ... read more »
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