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Federal Budget 2014
THE 2014 Federal Budget
delivers mixed news for young
people in rural and regional areas.
Rural and regional young
people face thousands of dollars
of additional costs – for travel,
relocation and accommodation –
when they have to leave home to
pursue their education.
As a result, they have much
lower participation rates in higher
education compared to city stu-
Balaklava High School voca-
tional education coordinator, Wal-
ly Radowicz, said the cuts to the
Tools for Trades program, which
helped fund tools and training fees
for apprentices, was another deter-
rent for country students to follow
through on apprenticeships.
“It’s very hard for apprentices
already,” he said. “They get little
money and face greater costs with
travel in a lot of cases, and they
need to pay for their tools as well.
“One of the incentives for them
was the support for the costs of their
tools. Something like $800 or $900
was enough to get them going.
“Anything that makes things
that little bit harder might push
some over the edge and throw it
The Tools for Trades program
was replaced with Trade Support
Loans, which provides apprentices
with financial assistance of up to
$20,000 over a four-year appren-
Trade Support Loans will be
provided at concessional interest
rates and capped at $8000 in the
first year of the apprenticeship,
$6000 in the second, $4000 in
the third and $2000 in the fourth.
The loans will be available
to apprentices undertaking a
Certificate III or IV qualification
that leads to an occupation on the
National Skills Needs List.
Apprentices will be required
to commence repaying the loans
when their income exceeds a
minimum repayment threshold
($53,345 in 2014‐15) consistent
with arrangements applying to
Apprentices who successfully
complete their training will receive
a 20 per cent discount on the
amount to be repaid.
There were some positives,
with Country Education Founda-
tion ofAustralia (CEF) CEO, Sarah
Taylor, welcoming the extension
of Federal Government assistance
for tertiary fees to TAFE, diploma
and other non-university courses
but cautioned that deregulation of
university fees could see signifi-
cant increases in the cost of some
higher education courses.
Ms Taylor said it was difficult to
predict the impact of the deregula-
tion of university fees but it was
very likely that this would lead
to increases in the cost of some
courses, which would not be good
news for country students.
By Liberal Senator,
THE Abbott Government’s
first Budget handed down last
week lays the foundations for a
strong and prosperous economy
with less debt.
The Budget is part of the
Abbott Government’s Economic
Action Strategy to build a strong,
prosperous economy for a safe,
At the election, the Coalition
made the solemn promise to get
the Budget back under control,
as well as abolishing the Carbon
Tax, Mineral Resources Tax,
end the waste, stop the boats
and build the roads of the 21st
This Budget keeps that
The Coalition Government is
demonstrating its commitment to
support the agriculture sector and
regional communities as a key
driver of the Australian economy.
Some of the measures an-
nounced in the Budget include $9
million for fisheries projects in-
cluding support for OceanWatch,
more support for coordinated rep-
resentation from the recreational
fishers and an invasive marine
pest’s review. The Government
has also pledged $15 million
over four years to support small
exporters with export costs and
$100 million over four years for
a competitive grants programme
to deliver cutting-edge technol-
ogy and applied research, with an
emphasis on making the results
accessible to farmers.
The Coalition Government
will establish a $155 million
Growth Fund to generate the jobs
of the future for employees and
supply-chain businesses in Victo-
ria and South Australia affected
by the closure of local automo-
tive manufacturing operations.
The Coalition Government is
providing stronger incentives to
businesses to hire older work-
ers - businesses will receive up to
$10,000 for employing workers
older than 50.
The Regional Development
Australia Fund assists regional
communities to promote regional
planning and economic develop-
ment activities, and will provide
advice to the Australian Govern-
ment on issues affecting, and op-
portunities for, regional Australia.
The Coalition Government is
delivering $200 million in cash
capital to the Export Finance and
Insurance Corporation to sup-
port SMEs to grow their exports
which can only be seen as a bo-
nus for regional South Australia.
This record roads Budget will,
in part, be funded by the change
in fuel excise.
The change will cost about 40
cents a week, depending how far
you travel. The increase in fuel
excise will be directed towards
The key goal of the Budget
is to strengthen the economy –
because when you strengthen the
economy, small businesses suc-
ceed, families have less pressure
on them and jobs are created.
This budget is ensuring that
we are all playing a part – be-
cause it’s in sharing the load that
we lighten the load.
By Federal Member for
Wakefield, Nick Champion
TONY Abbott has delivered a hor-
ror budget for the people of Wakefield.
Low and middle income earners,
families and pensioners, will have
their Family Benefits reduced, pen-
sions cut and at the same time will be
hit with a new GP Tax and new fuel
tax.They will face the incredibly tough
choice of having to find extra money
every time they fill up the car, buy
medicine or go to the doctor.
In Wakefield every time someone in
the family gets sick, getting help will
Every single family in Wakefield
will be worse off as a result of Tony
Abbott’s budget of broken promises
and twisted priorities.
Tony Abbott has betrayed the
30,300 pensioners in Wakefield and
broken his solemn promise made
before the election. Tony Abbott will
lower indexation arrangements for
the Age Pension, Disability Support
Pension, Carers Payment, Veterans’
Pension, Wife and Widow Pension and
Parenting Payment Single.
Tony Abbott wants to make it
harder for the 14,700 families in
Wakefield to make ends meet with
cutting of Family Tax Benefit B when
their youngest child turns six.
In addition to having their Family
Tax Benefits cut, families will lose
the Schoolkids Bonus. This cut is an
attack on families in Wakefield.
Tony Abbott’s cruel attack on
young job seekers will mean young
people under 30 who are looking for a
job will be forced to wait six months
before receiving any support.
Additionally, young people under
25 will be pushed from Newstart to the
lower Youth Allowance cutting $48 a
week, or almost $2,500 a year.
The Federal Government has
slashed nearly $2 billion out of skills
programs and over $1 billion that sup-
This makes the point that “learn
or earn” requires the government to
provide training programs so that
young people can get into work with
the skills required.
This is a tragic Budget for local
schools with nearly $30 billion ripped
out, the impact of this will mean staff
cuts, teacher cuts and programs shut
On top of this, country kids from
modest backgrounds will have more
barriers for them and their parents to
send them to University.
Now thanks to Tony Abbott the GP
Tax, the hospital tax, the increased
cost of medicines and the petrol tax
will cost on average more than $450
Completely missing from the Budg-
et is jobs, no plan for creating jobs,
despite telling Australians they need to
work for longer.
No vision for future new industries
despite telling Australians he expects
everyone to work until they’re 70.
This Budget betrays the people
that voted for Tony Abbott and leaves
every single Australian paying for his
The families, students, workers and
pensioners trying to make ends meet,
repay the house, juggle the bills just
hope that around the corner nothing
Everything Tony Abbott said before
the election now lies in a heap of bro-
As the Federal Member for Wake-
field, I will fight this government’s
cruel attempt to punish low and mid-
dle income earners, families, students
Only Labor will defend what makes
our country a great one – Medicare,
education for all, decent social safety
net and a fair pension.
PLEDGE: Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick
Champion, pledges to fight the proposed Budget cuts.
Foundation laid for prosperous economy
Apprentices may struggle with support changes
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