Federal budget supports the South West: Marino

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has praised her government’s 2017/18 budget that was delivered to parliament by treasurer Scott Morrison on Tuesday night.

Mrs Marino said the budget backs hard-working residents and businesses with healthcare the big winner thanks to a $10 billion health care package.

The Bunbury Outer Ring Road is one step closer to completion thanks to a $10 million commitment to the next stage of the project.

Mrs Marino also said she would continue to deliver major infrastructure across the South West, including the more than $9 million she secured for the Busselton-Margaret River Airport upgrade.

“Two road black spots will be fixed including the section of Balingup-Nannup Road where vegetation and roadside hazards will be removed while a section of Parade Road, Usher, will have pedestrian facilities installed and upgrades to road signs and street lighting,” she said.

Mrs Marino said the government’s $10 billion package to invest in the health system, will improve healthcare in the South West.

“In a first, the government has created new partnerships with doctors, specialists, pharmacists and the medicines sector,” she said.

“There will be $1.2 billion available in new medicines including for patients with chronic heart failure.

“We will also invest $1.4 billion in ground-breaking health research over the next four years, including $65.9 million this year, to help research into children’s cancer.”

Mrs Marino said first home buyers will also be backed with budget tax cuts.

“First home buyers will be able to salary sacrifice into their superannuation and under our plan, first home buyers will be able to accelerate their savings by at least 30 per cent,” Mrs Marino said.

Key winners from the budget include GPS and medical specialists, schools, pensioners and the Australian Federal Police while budget pain was handed to the big five banks, university students, welfare cheats and foreign property investors.

Source: Bunbury Mail.