The 2020 Budget has revealed the Government's plans for Australia's economic recovery.

The Budget contains significant new spending announcements and policy reforms. These will affect daily life for those of us in Indi in many ways.

To be the best representative I can for you, I'd love to hear your thoughts on some of these measures. This survey should only take around 5 minutes. This data will be held securely in my office and will not be shared with any other party. It will be completely anonymised before use.
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* 2. How old are you?

The Budget

In the Budget, the Government announces its main spending priorities for the year. For us in Indi, the Budget is a key opportunity to secure funding for local projects like road upgrades or sporting facilities. Over the coming months, I'll be voting on many of these announcements so I'm keen to know what you think of them.

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* 3. How much have you heard about the 2020 Budget?

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* 4. Which issues are most important to you? (Pick as many as you like)

Income tax cuts

The Government is bringing forward income tax cuts to begin this year. How much you will receive depends on how much you earn:

  • If you earn $35,000 a year, you will receive $255 this year
  • If you earn $80,000 a year, you will receive $1080 this year
  • If you earn $100,000 a year, you will receive $1530 this year

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* 5. Do you support the Government's proposed tax cuts?

JobMaker Credit

The Government has announced a new wage subsidy to encourage businesses to hire eligible young people coming off welfare payments. Under the JobMaker Credit scheme, businesses will receive:
  • $200 a week for each new employee they hire aged 16-29
  • $100 a week for each new employee they hire aged 30-35

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* 6. What do you think of the JobMaker Credit Scheme?

Energy

The Government has announced a gas-led recovery. This means they are using public money to increase gas extraction, subsidising a new gas-fired power station, and building new gas pipelines.

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* 7. Do you support these plans for a gas-led recovery?

In September, I released my Local Power Plan which would invest $483 million over 10 years to support the development of locally-owned renewable energy.

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* 8. Do you support the Local Power Plan?

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* 9. What do you think the Government should be doing to make electricity cheaper and cleaner?

JobKeeper

The Government has cut the rate of JobKeeper from $1500 a fortnight to $1200 a fortnight for full-time workers and $750 for part-time workers. JobKeeper is set to end on March 28 of next year.

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* 10. Did you receive JobKeeper during the pandemic?

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* 11. What do you think the Government should do with JobKeeper?

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* 12. What else would you like to tell me about JobKeeper?

JobSeeker

The Government has cut the rate of JobSeeker from $1115 a fortnight down to $815 fortnight. On 31 December, the rate is scheduled to be cut again by $250, down to the old rate of $565 a fortnight. As a result of the pandemic, the number of people on JobSeeker in Indi has jumped 67%. 

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* 13. Are you currently receiving the JobSeeker Payment?

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* 14. What rate do you think JobSeeker should be?

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* 15. What else would you like to tell me about JobSeeker?

Small Business

The Government has announced two key measures to support small business:

  • Allowing businesses to instantly write-off the full value of new investments
  • Enabling businesses to write off losses against tax paid in previous years

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* 16. Do you support these measures aimed at small business?

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* 17. What else could the Government do to support small business?

Childcare

In regional areas, access to affordable, quality childcare is often difficult. However this Budget provided no new funding for childcare, and no substantial reforms to simplify the system for parents and childcare providers.

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* 18. In the last 3 years, have you used childcare in Indi?

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* 19. Do you think the Government is doing enough to support affordable, quality childcare?

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* 20. What else should I know about childcare in Indi?

Mental health

Access to quality mental healthcare is extremely difficult in regional areas. The Government has announced:
  • An increase in the number of Medicare-funded visits to a mental health professional from 10 to 20 
  • $102 million to support the mental health of veterans
  • Greater investment in suicide prevention, including through Beyond Blue and headspace

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* 21. Do you think the Government is doing enough on mental health?

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* 22. What else do we need to do on mental health?

Aged Care

In the Budget, the Government announced 23,000 more Home Care Packages, and a range of smaller measures on residential aged care.

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* 23. Do you think the Government is doing enough on aged care?

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* 24. What are your experience of using aged care?

What else should the Government be doing?

Australia faces a long road to get our economy back on track, and build back the jobs we have lost.

I'm keen to hear your ideas about what our region needs to recover, and what supports you and your family need to come out of this crisis in the best position possible.

If you'd like to get in touch, don't hesitate to contact me at helen.haines.mp@aph.gov.au.

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* 25. Anything else you'd like to let me know?

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill in the survey. 

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