Making Space for Science

Local Gold Coast schools and community organisations that encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking can apply for a grant between $2,000 and $20,000 from the Coalition Government. Applications for the Coalition Government’s Maker Projects grants will open on Thursday 8 November. “The Coalition is providing $1 million in grants through the Maker Projects program, supporting the development of…

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Lower power prices coming for the Gold Coast

Families and small businesses on the Gold Coast will benefit from big savings under the Morrison Government’s new plan for affordable and reliable energy. The Morrison Government will: Stop the price gouging by the big energy companies by banning sneaky late payment penalties, requiring them to pass on savings in wholesale prices to customers, strengthening the regulator’s power to crack down…

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Chartering New Territories in Space

Entering new frontiers, the Coalition Government has approved the Australian Space Agency’s Charter to support development of national civil space priorities.  The Charter, released today, specifies that an independent, skills-based Advisory Board will provide advice to the Agency Head, Dr Megan Clark AC. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews says the Charter builds on the Coalition’s establishment of the Australian…

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Round four of the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program opens

Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is today encouraging community organisations and local businesses to get on board to support the opening of round four of the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP). Greater access to mobile services in regional Australia improve the ability to keep in contact with family and friends; allow better access by farmers to online services…

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National Flag Day

Like many of my colleagues in this place, one of my very great honours and duties is to distribute Australian flags to local schools, community groups and individuals in my electorate who request them. These flags are proudly carried to all corners of the globe by exchange students. They are proudly flown at RSLs and…

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Delivering tax relief for small and medium-sized businesses on the southern Gold Coast

21,602 southern Gold Coast small businesses are set to benefit from tax cuts delivered five years early, with the Federal Government passing legislation through the Parliament.   “This is great news for small and medium-sized businesses on the southern Gold Coast and the locals they employ.  We are delivering on our commitment and much earlier than expected,” Karen Andrews, Member for…

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Queensland encouraged to support Carers Week 2018

Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is encouraging Australians to acknowledge the enormous contribution of Australia’s carers this week. National Carers Week provides an opportunity to highlight the invaluable work of Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers to our families, communities and the nation. “One in eight Australians care for a family member or friend who needs support due to disability, age, mental illness, or long-term…

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Support for headspace boosts youth mental health in McPherson

Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost. Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, headspace, means young people will have access to around 14,000 additional services nationally, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff. “We want young people…

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Funding boost to McPherson services for financially disadvantaged

Australians experiencing financial hardship will benefit from $50 million in funding in the first of three Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity grants announcements.    Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher announced on 2 October 2018 that 65 organisations will use the funding to offer critical services in financial resilience across every state and territory. “This funding is designed…

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