BUDGET 2016-17 - Youth Employment

Federal Budget delivers for Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen

Wednesday 4 May 2016

  • Hervey Bay to benefit from boosted Commonwealth funding and GST payments in Federal Budget
  • Youth employment, small business, health and education major winners
  • Palaszczuk Labor must stop blaming the Federal Government for its own failings

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget plan for jobs and growth.

Ted said the Fraser Coast region would benefit from a confidence boost as a result of increased investment from the Commonwealth.

“Queenslanders will benefit from increased spending on schools and hospitals, as well as a huge GST windfall,” Ted said.

Ted was particularly happy about the boost for small business and the landmark youth employment package.

“It’s no secret that the youth unemployment rate in Queensland is much higher than it should be, and particularly on the Fraser Coast where it is currently around 20%,” Ted said.

“I’m relieved that the Turnbull Government has shown leadership in this area, unlike the Palaszczuk Labor Government whose Employment Minister said youth unemployment could never be fixed.

“Local small businesses, the true drivers of job creation, are also being supported to grow and deliver even more jobs into the future.

“The Hervey Bay community can look forward to reaping the benefits of a responsible budget focussed on jobs and growth.”

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the Turnbull Government had delivered a credible plan for economic growth.

“This do-nothing Palaszczuk Labor Government needs to stop blaming Canberra for its own inadequacies in delivering for Queensland,” Mr Springborg said.

“While the Turnbull Government has a plan for driving jobs and growth by providing sensible tax relief for small business and investing in much-needed infrastructure, Queensland Labor has no

economic plan after almost a-year-and-a-half in government.

“It’s time for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to stop crying poor and ensure Queenslanders get the much-needed job-creating projects and improved frontline services they need.”

Key facts:

  • Queensland will receive an extra $3.6 billion in GST payments over the next four years, with state GST revenue set to hit $16.6 billion by 2020.
  • The Turnbull Government will invest almost $11 billion in Queensland infrastructure projects, part of a $50 billion national package between 2013-14 and 2019-20.
  • Queensland education spending is up more than ten percent to $3.7 billion for 2016-17, and Queensland’s health budget for 2016-17 will increase to $3.6 billion.

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