The Morrison government dreams of an equal future, where opportunity is even for all Australians. David Coleman, Minister for Banks, is a driving force in this regard.
Australia is one of the great multicultural nations of the world, a place where people know they can live and work in harmony and practice their beliefs freely and without persecution. These are values that the Morrison Government is committed to upholding and preserving, especially in places like Western Sydney. It’s a region rich in diversity, a place that people from over 150 different cultural and ethnic backgrounds are proud to call home. And while it’s important that everyone feels safe and free right across our wide brown land, it’s especially important that our young people feel proud of their culture and feel like they have a future, no matter what their background. It’s for that reason, groups like the multi-faith organisation “Together for Humanity” are so important.
Together for Humanity delivers programs to teachers and school students that focus on promoting and encouraging understanding amongst young people. The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman, is also the Minister for Banks in Western Sydney, so he’s uniquely aware of the special challenges facing areas like his electorate. With this in mind, the Morrison Government has committed $2.2 million dollars to Together For Humanity, funding which will allow the organisation to further their work encouraging greater acceptance between Australians of different faiths and cultures in schools in Sydney’s West—and beyond. This funding is just a small part of the Morrison Government’s greater $71 million investment in bringing all Australians together, supporting schools and communities and ensuring that young people—wherever they live or whatever their socio-economic background—grow up feeling hopeful for the future.
This key priority of an Australia where all its citizens feel secure and supported is even further reflected in the Morrison government’s plan to reduce taxes. Low-and-middle-income earners will get immediate tax relief—from July 1—this year, with a tax offset of up to $1,080 for more than ten million workers. This will help all people, but especially young families, new migrants and those Australians who speak English as a second language. Tax breaks will give crucial relief to those who just need a bit of a helping hand to get started, or to get back on their feet.
On top of that, the re-elected Morrison Government is determined to make healthcare more affordable to all Australians, investing over $300 million to slash the price of life-changing prescription medicines. This funding is especially crucial to those Australians living with chronic conditions like heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and cancer. The government are committed from January 1 next year to lowering the threshold to receive free or further discounted medicine through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
The threshold will be lowered by twelve scripts for pensioners and concession card holders and the equivalent of two scripts for non-concession card holders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterates, however, that pensioners and families would qualify much sooner for these discounts. It’s a change which could save patients up to $80 a year and which—more importantly—means access to life-changing medication will be that much quicker than before.
It’s policies like this that support and promote a safe, secure and healthy future for all Australians, and that is what sets the Morrison Government apart.
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