Growing Jobs and Small Business package
The 2015 Budget is the next step in the Government’s plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for all Australians.
This Budget is about building jobs, growth and opportunity and providing a credible path to surplus.
The new $5.5 billion Growing Jobs and Small Business package will help small businesses invest more, grow more, and employ more.
Jobs for Families child care package delivers choice for families
The Government’s $3.5 billion Jobs for Families child care package will provide greater choice for more than 1.2 million families by delivering a simpler, more affordable, more flexible, and more accessible child care system.
The Government will establish a new and simpler Child Care Subsidy from 1 July 2017.
New $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Fund
The Commonwealth Government will invest $100 million improving roads that are critical to the beef industry.
A new $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Fund will make targeted upgrades to key roads necessary for transporting cattle. This will underpin the future viability of the cattle industry which has long been a pillar of the northern economy.
The Government is committed to realising the potential of northern Australia.
Lone Pine Address
The men whose names are carved into this memorial, were the hope of their day; just as you young people, who are gathered here right now, are the hope of ours. To us, they are Anzacs; but in their day, they were fathers, sons, parents, children, cousins and mates – just as you are now.
2015 Dawn Service, Gallipoli
It’s one hundred years since Australians and New Zealanders splashed out of the sea, right here. So now we gather in the cold and dark before dawn; wondering what to say and how to honour those whose bones rest in the hills and the valleys above us, and whose spirit has moved our people for a century.
22 May 2015 |
Thanks very much, Mark. Thank you so much, ladies and gentlemen. You have got a Prime Minister for infrastructure here today, you have got a Deputy Prime Minister for infrastructure, and you have got Minister Briggs as well. That is how seriously this Government takes infrastructure and while the Deputy Prime Minister and myself do have other responsibilities, too, Minister Briggs lives and breathes infrastructure in his role with Infrastructure Australia – and judging by his radio appearances today, he never stops talking about infrastructure, either!
22 May 2015 |
The Commonwealth Government welcomes the release of Australia’s first national audit on infrastructure, undertaken by Infrastructure Australia. The audit shows the economic imperative of fixing our road and transport networks in our major cities. This audit is a first for Australia and will drive action on infrastructure investment by revealing the costs of inaction. For example, road congestion in Australia is currently costing some $13.7 billion per year. If we don’t take action, the cost will be $53 billion a year by 2031.
22 May 2015 |
This is a Budget which wants to encourage people to have a go – encouraging small business to have a go, encouraging families to have a go and if you want to have a go by working, obviously if you're a mum you need to have child care. That's why this is a very important part of the Budget. The child care improvements that we're proposing as part of this Budget will make child care more affordable, more accessible, more flexible and above all else simpler because we want a simpler, more user-friendly system.
21 May 2015 |
Well, the good news is that the ASC will be continuing to maintain the Collins Class subs for at least 15 years. That is the good news. That means that existing jobs at ASC should continue because the maintenance of these subs is a very, very big ongoing task and as the subs get older the maintenance task increases. So, that is the good news. Obviously, we are starting to think about the next generation of subs and we have got what is called a competitive evaluation process going on at the moment. There are three people involved, three entities involved; there is the Japanese entity, there is a German entity and there is a French entity. That is being assessed and we hope to be in a position to make a decision by the end of the year.