Tax deductions for those working from home

Many Australians now working from home will find things a little easier at tax time thanks to the Nationals in Government. Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton welcomed temporary arrangements announced by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) that will make it easier for Australians to claim deductions for working from home due to COVID-19.…

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Stephen Bromhead

Support to keep businesses open now and into future

The NSW Nationals in Government have welcomed measures that provide greater protection from evictions for commercial tennants significantly impacted by COVID-19. NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the $440 million land tax relief package will apply to commercial leases where the tenant is in financial distress due to COVID-19, including but not…

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Kevin Anderson

New emergency measures to protect tenants

Residential tenants and landlords facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will receive increased support and greater certainty from the NSW Nationals in Government’s new temporary rental measures. The six-month support package includes a moratorium on applications for forced evictions due to rental arrears for those financially disadvantaged by the pandemic, and new…

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Rebuilding boundary fences destroyed by bushfires

The NSW Nationals in Government have committed $209 million to support landholders to rebuild essential boundary fences destroyed by recent bushfires. The new ‘Supporting Our Neighbours Project’ will help cover the cost of rebuilding boundary fences shared by private and public land managers, while supporting local farmers and businesses to recover. Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall…

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Free preschool for up to six months

Parents in NSW will not have to pay preschools fees for up to six months thanks to a $51 million funding package announced by the NSW Nationals in Government. The Government has also committed up to $82 million to support 260 council childcare centres who are not eligible for the JobKeeper payments. Minister for Education…

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Queanbeyan CBD transformation moving ahead

Mr Barilaro said the announcement is a light at the end of the tunnel for local businesses during an extremely challenging time. “The $10 million boost from the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package will improve pedestrian access, boost safety and importantly support local retail,” Mr Barilaro said. The upgrades are planned for a section of…

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Targeted support for the arts

To help the Arts sector deal with the devastating impact of COVID-19, which has seen performances cancelled, venues closed and many performers and crew hit by the loss of gigs, the Federal Nationals in Government are committing $27 million in targeted support across three particularly vulnerable areas of specific need. In regional Australia, many artists…

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Hearing the voice of regional youth

NSW Nationals Regional Youth Minister Bronnie Taylor has joined those working remotely with a Regional Youth Taskforce (RYT) teleconference focusing on how young people in regional and rural communities connect digitally and physically to individuals and services. Established in 2019, the RYT advises the Minister and NSW Government agencies on policy decisions and issues affecting…

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North coast closed for Easter says local MP

NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has issued a stern warning to Queenslanders looking to head south for Easter. “There is growing concern in regional NSW that people from the cities are planning Easter holidays in places like the Tweed in the mistaken belief that regional areas are safer and that there are fewer…

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Reminder to get your flu jab

With the 2020 flu season not far away, Federal Nationals Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton is encouraging people to book in for a vaccination against seasonal influenza during April – particularly those in vulnerable groups or age brackets. The vaccination, which can be arranged by a GP, pharmacist or aged care provider, is recommended by…

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Pat Conaghan

Respect our frontline health workers

Mid-north coast Nationals MPs have appealed to the public to respect and be kind to our frontline health workers. Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said health workers were a lifeline for the community during the current coronavirus pandemic and their actions deserve our thanks, not abuse. “I want to thank all of our…

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We need our farmers more than ever says Nats MP

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway has praised the hard work being done by farmers and food processors across NSW to continue to put food on supermarket shelves for Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Farraway said farmers have continued to provide Australians with three meals a day the while battling their own crisis…

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Supporting the agriculture workforce during COVID-19

The Federal Nationals in Government are making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19. The changes allow those within the Pacific Labour Scheme, Seasonal Worker Program and working holiday makers to continue to work in agriculture and food processing until…

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Congratulations to Shane Fitzsimmons

The NSW Nationals are thanking outgoing NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for his decades of service to the state, including 12 years as RFS leader, as he prepares to head up the newly-created agency Resilience NSW. Wagga Wagga-based Nationals Upper House MP Wes Fang congratulated the Commissioner on his new appointment. “I can…

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New Macksville hospital to open early

The new $73 million Macksville Hospital is expected to be open and operating months ahead of schedule and without any disruptions to normal service delivery. NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the opening will help put the Mid North Coast Local Health District in a strong position to manage the operational impacts of…

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