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The Federal Budget is now less than 2 weeks away and there’s been a lot of speculation about the urgent measures that need to be taken to repair our economy.  Treasurer Joe Hockey made the case for change this month, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott has articulated our approach.

“For too long, governments talked about being economically responsible but squibbed the big challenges.  I don’t expect the government to be more popular the day after the Budget but I do hope that we might have earned people’s respect for saying what we mean and doing what we say.”
                                                               – Prime Minister Tony Abbott, 28th April, 2014
It’s clear that we remain determined to make the tough decisions in the national interest. 

Of course, every Budget measure will ultimately need to pass through the Senate. With results for the WA Senate election finalised yesterday, the Government retained three Coalition Senators for a total of 33 Senators out of 76.  The Government will have to secure six additional votes from the minor parties and independents to get legislation passed – assuming that Labor and the Greens will continue to oppose our attempts to fix the mess they left behind.

This month I’ve been pleased to welcome to our electorate Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley, former Liberal Leader and Director of the Australian War Memorial Brendan Nelson, and today Small Business Minister Bruce Billson will meet with local Chamber of Commerce members to discuss issues ahead of the Budget.

I also hosted the annual McPherson Community Achiever Awards in order to recognise the hard work and dedication of our local volunteers and launched a new internet portal for local residents who are looking to do some voluntary work in our community.  It was great to see such big crowds at our local Anzac Day services last Friday, especially as we approach the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

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

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