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It’s been a challenging month as we make the case for the tough but fair measures announced in the Budget, while getting on with the job of governing in the national interest.
 
At the Liberal Party Federal Council in the weekend, the Prime Minister gave an excellent speech on the 70th anniversary of the party and how the Budget delivers what is needed to secure a stronger future.
 
There’s a lot of positive work that rarely makes the papers: last Friday we launched an action plan to address violence against women and children; this week our Trade Support Loans become available for young apprentices; and this month we also had the milestone of 6 months without a successful people smuggling venture.  It’s worth remembering that over the same period last year, 190 boats containing 12,773 people arrived on our shores illegally.  Importantly, with support from a number of new Senators, our promise to abolish the carbon tax looks set to be delivered.
 
I have been pleased to take a very active role in our plan to improve vocational education and training, Chairing the Vocational Education Taskforce as we consult widely across the country.  I recently spoke in parliament about vocational education, and also asked direct questions of the Minister during recent consideration in detail debate in the House. I was also asked to speak during MPI debate on both the Budget and Health care.
 
This week I am hosting a special Y20 Forum for local young people, as part of the Y20 Conference that feeds into the G20 in Brisbane later this year.  This is an opportunity for local young people to have their say on a range of economic issues.  Finally, great local news with funding to improve an accident black spot at Burleigh Waters, and a grant for Bond University to improve employment outcomes for graduates.

Until next month

Karen Andrews MP

Federal Member for McPherson

Authorised by Karen Andrews MP, 47 Watts Drive, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227

Postal Address | PO Box 409, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227

Email |  karen.andrews.mp@aph.gov.au
Tel |  (07) 5580 9111    Fax | (07) 5580 9700

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