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Stronger Communities Program

I am delighted to launch the Government's Stronger Communities Program in Kooyong. The Program, which was announced in the 2015 Budget, aims to deliver social benefits across Australia through funding small capital projects which improve local community participation and cohesion and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.
 
Kooyong has been allocated $150,000 annually for the next two years, to support small capital projects in the electorate. Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 will be available for projects with matched contributions, in cash or in-kind, on at least a dollar for dollar basis, for eligible community organisations.
 
Guidelines for the Stronger Communities Program, including the eligibility criteria, can be found here

I have established a community consultation committee comprised of community leaders, which will assist in determining priority projects. Eligible applicants should return the completed project application form to my office as soon as possible and no later than 22 September 2015 for 2015-16 applications.


Camberwell Girls Grammar Social Justice Students

Today I received 80 handmade flowers from an inspirational group of young students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School who are involved in the school's social justice program.  The program highlights human rights issues that affect women and prevent them from gaining the education and skills they need.  The handmade flowers reflect the importance of investing in women’s development and show that CGGS cares about empowering women to overcome the injustice of extreme poverty.


Super-Advice Australia business leaders conference

On 3 September I was delighted to speak at a business leaders conference hosted by Super-Advice Australia.  Australia is in its 25th consecutive year of economic growth, and I emphasised some of the many bright spots in our economy.  I also spoke about the need for important reforms to further strengthen our economy and tax system. I am pictured here with Allan Rickerby, the CEO of Super Advice.


Visit to the Torres Strait and Cape York with the Prime Minister

During the last week of August, I was fortunate to join the Prime Minister on his trip to the Torres Strait and the tip of Cape York to meet with the region’s Indigenous communities. This trip was part of the Prime Minister’s election commitment to spend a week every year living and working in Indigenous communities. Importantly, this visit was the first by a Prime Minister to this region in 18 years. A number of ministerial colleagues and senior officials also joined the Prime Minister for the trip.

Some of the highlights of the trip included participating in an economic forum with local business leaders on Thursday Island with a key focus on creating jobs. In Bamaga in the Northern Peninsula Area of Cape York, I visited a local meat processing business running an apprenticeship program and joined the Prime Minister at the Northern Peninsula Area State College to meet with students and school attendance officers making a real impact in the community.


With the Prime Minister and student attendance officers at the Northern Peninsula Area State College


Speaking with James Bond at the Seisia Meatworks


Meeting members of the Australian Defence Force on Thursday Island


Meeting the cadets after the commemorative service on Thursday Island.



With students and staff at Bamaga Senior Secondary School.


Visit to Alia College Recipient of the Capital Grants Programme

On 31 August, I had the pleasure of meeting students studying history at Hawthorn's Alia College. Alia College has recently been awarded a $900,000 Australian Government grant as part of the Capital Grants Programme. Introduced by the Menzies Government, the programme has been provided funding for capital works in non-government schools since 1964. This grant will assist Alia College in purchasing its existing school site and better devote resources towards the highest quality education for its students.


 


Celebratory Welcome for Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM

Terrific to join a Celebratory Welcome for Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria at Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. Her Excellency is Victoria's first female Governor and first Jewish Governor. 



90th Anniversary of the Kew Cenotaph Dedication

On 30 August I joined ex-service men and women, members of the local community, Kew Rotary and students from Kew High School and Ruyton Girls' School in Kew at the 90th Anniversary of the Kew Cenotaph Dedication. I was privileged to speak about the significance of Australia's war effort and to honour the 908 servicemen and 9 nurses who served from the City of Kew who are recognised at the Kew Cenotaph. The War Memorial, which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, Lord Stradbroke, before a very large gathering of citizens, on 30 August 1925.


Schools’ Regional Constitutional Convention

On 28 August, I was delighted to speak at the Schools’ Regional Constitutional Convention held at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School on the subject of Australia and its role as a good global citizen. I addressed 140 school students from twelve local schools, including MLC, Scotch College, Genazzano FCJ College and Camberwell Girls Grammar School. 


The Schools’ Regional Constitutional Convention program is an Australia wide program which encourages senior secondary students to discuss and debate issues related to Australia’s Government and Constitution. Schools throughout each state run a Convention and students who participate and are inspired by these debates may then apply to attend the State Convention held at Parliament House Victoria in October. After this day, students can then apply to attend the National Convention held the following March. I am pictured at the convention with Strathcona principal Marise McConaghy and Strathcona students.


Chile’s Minister of the Economy, Development and Tourism

On 28 August, I met with Dr Luis Felipe Cespedes, Chile’s Minister of the Economy, Development and Tourism at my office in Melbourne. Australia and Chile have a strong bilateral relationship and close economic ties, including a free trade agreement, double taxation agreement and a social security agreement. I am pictured here with Minister Cespedes and Chile’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Daniel Carvallo.


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Tax Institute’s Queensland Tax Forum

On 27 August, I gave a speech to the Tax Institute’s Queensland Tax Forum in Brisbane to discuss the Government’s tax agenda. As part of the speech, I emphasised why Australia’s tax system needs reform. Notably, Australia has more than 14,000 pages of tax law with annual tax compliance costs estimated at $40 billion. This affects our international competitiveness and can discourage individuals from starting or expanding their own business.  I highlighted some of the tax reform initiatives the Government is pursuing including reducing the tax rate for small businesses and undertaking a comprehensive review of the tax system through the Tax White Paper process.

 

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