Since being elected in September 2013, we have helped create thousands of local jobs. Our key initiatives include:
- City Deal: Former Prime Minister Turnbull announced a City Deal for Geelong and our region in January 2018, delivering an incredible opportunity for the Corangamite electorate
- Regional Jobs and Investment Package: $20 million delivered under RJIP to fund 21 local projects in Geelong, the Bellarine, Colac, Marengo and Anglesea delivering 600 construction jobs and 600 ongoing jobs
- Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund: $10.1 million awarded to local manufacturers
- NDIA Headquarters: construction of the National Disability Insurance Agency headquarters in Geelong will create hundreds of new jobs and be home to more than 500 employees
- Australian Bureau of Statistics National Data Acquisition Centre: the establishment of a major ABS office in Geelong has brought close to 300 jobs to Geelong
- Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund: Turnbull government delivered $15 million of the $29.5 million fund which has delivered in excess of 840 new jobs for many local businesses including Carbon Revolution, Carbon Revolution, AKD Softwoods and Australian Lamb Company
- Clean Energy Finance Corporation: the CEFC is backing local jobs by investing $10 million for Carbon Revolution, supporting its expansion plans, and $68 million in the construction of Worksafe’s Geelong headquarters
- Future Fibres Research Hub: $4.7 million Australian Research Council grant to help develop Deakin University’s advanced fibres research and development
- Geelong Region Job Connections: $3.1 million allocated to the Geelong region to support local job creation programs and a local employment facilitator (Simon French) engaged by the Department of Employment
- Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Fund: $1.26 million for HeiQ to establish commercial manufacturing facility at Deakin, $516,012 for Colac’s Australian Lamb Company; $2,173,333 for Lara’s SNF Australia to boost local manufacturing jobs
- Automotive Diversification Program: $1 million for MHG Glass for a new architectural glass process business; $450,000 for Backwell IXL to develop commercial solar rooftop mounts .
- Tourism investments: $1.64 million for local tourism businesses under our Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program (as administered by the state) – $300,000 for Platypi Chocolate Cafe in Forrest; $557,962 for Wildlife Wonders at Marengo, $332,000 for Provenance Wines Fyansford, $450,000 for Wye Beach Hotel
- Co-operative Research Centre grants: $1.4 million for Quickstep and Deakin University to deliver a made to order materials and process solution for lightweight carbon fibre seats.
- Unemployment: record low unemployment rate of 2.52% in the Corangamite electorate, as compared to the 5.5% rate nation-wide.
- Avalon International Airport: with the announcement that Avalon Airport is going international in late 2018, the Morrison government is supporting this major economic investment with the establishment of border agencies at Avalon.
- Passenger rail upgrades: $150 million for the Geelong rail duplication project; $114 million for rail upgrades between Geelong and Warrnambool
- Murray Basin Freight Rail: $220m to standardise 1,000 km of freight rail lines including to the Port of Geelong which handles more than 750 ships a year exporting grain, woodchips and steel Specific rail works in Corangamite include upgrading the rail section of the broad-gauge line from Geelong (Gheringhap) to Ballarat (Warrenheip) to dual gauge, allowing more flexibility to transport bulk goods to the Port of Geelong. This builds on previous work to automate signalling, enabling 24 hour access to the rail line, as well as upgrades to the Geelong Grain Loop.
- Duplication of the Princes Highway between Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea complete, the second section between Winchelsea and Colac now under construction with our government delivering $185.5 million for this section
- Great Ocean Road– $50 million for vital safety upgrades along this iconic tourist road. Tranche 2 of this program will fund pedestrian refuges and improvements at Kennett River, Skenes Creek, Lorne and Apollo Bay, the Apollo Bay war memorial roundabout intersection upgrade, Skenes Creek pedestrian bridge, a new bus stop at Moggs Creek, parking and turning lanes for Eastern View, Castle Cove car parking improvements and the strengthening of numerous bridges.
- Major road upgrades: As part of our $345 million Victorian regional roads package announced in 2016, we delivering $5 million for safety upgrades on the Apollo Bay Forrest Rd, $5 million for the Hamilton Highway and $20 million for Princes Highway West
- Local roads: numerous local roads are being upgraded under our Roads to Recovery program. $3.75m for road blackspot upgrades in Torquay, Modewarre, Meredith and Smythesdale
- Roads planning: $600,000 to plan duplication of Grubb Rd Ocean Grove and Midland Highway between Geelong and Bannockburn;
- Bridges renewal program: upgraded bridges for Wye River and Moggs Creek
- NBN rollout: The rollout across the Corangamite electorate is 94% complete. Nearly 80,000 premises are ready for service and 32,800 premises have an active NBN connection.
- Mobile base stations: 19 base stations have been funded in Corangamite under our Rounds One, Two and Three of our Mobile Phone Blackspots Program – Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, Barongarook, Carlisle River, Dereel, Gellibrand, Hordern Vale, Kawarren, Steiglitz and Yeodene are completed and active; Barwon Downs, South Lorne, Separation Creek, Kennett River, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Bellbrae, Birregurra and Bells Beach are scheduled for mobile base stations.
- CCTV cameras:funding delivered for CCTV cameras for Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove
- Colac CBD redevelopment: new footpaths, lighting, gardens and trees have transformed Murray St Colac
- Building Better Regions:
- National Stronger Regions Fund: $7.25 million for Baptcare’s Norlane community hub and affordable housing project; $3.5 million for the Destination Queenscliff project, $1.2 million for Bannockburn Civic Heart project and $155,000 for the Winchelsea Town Centre Beautification project.
- Building Better Regions Fund: $1.5 million for Kids Plus Foundation, $200,000 for Winchelsea Netball Club pavilion, $345,000 for Diversitat’s Diversability Centre in Norlane and $245,500 for Birregurra Mechanics Hall.
- Palliative care hospice: $5 million committed to construct new Anam Cara palliative care hospice
- Foundation 61: $1.5 million for new women’s rehab facility at Mt Duneed
- Heavy vehicle upgrade: $1.07 million for Forest Road and Grays Road, Paraparap to increase the efficiency of heavy vehicle operations;
- Community solar: $400,000 in total for community solar projects
- Stronger Communities Program: numerous local projects funded which are making a real difference to local communities
- Green Army: numerous projects funded across the Corangamite electorate
- Surf lifesaving clubs: $2 million for Jan Juc SLSC; $1 million for Ocean Grove SLSC, $500,00 for Anglesea SLSC
- Anglesea Bowls Club: $500,000 to fund upgrade
- Winter Reserve Belmont: $580,000 for clubroom upgrade
- Stribling Reserve Lorne: $230,000 for clubroom upgrade
- Barwon Heads netball: $180,000 for netball courts upgrade at Howard Harmer Reserve
- Inverleigh Reserve: $220,000 for new lights
- Birregurra Recreation Reserve: $200,000 to upgrade clubrooms
- McDonald Reserve Belmont: $168,000 for upgraded change rooms
- Burdoo Reserve Grovedale: $100,000 for ground upgrades
- Bannockburn soccer: $100,000 for new coaches boxes and fencing
A STRONGER ECONOMY
Australia’s economy (GDP) is growing at 3.4% – more strongly than at any time since 2012, which was during the height of the mining boom. Australia’s economy is growing at a stronger rate than the world’s seven largest advanced economies – USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Japan – and the OECD average.
The promise made in 2013 for one million new jobs to be created within five years, has been delivered. 1,088,600 more Australians are in jobs since September 2013 (as at August 2018). Over half of these have been full time jobs.
412,000 more jobs were created in 2017 alone – the most jobs created in a calendar year on record. Recent ABS figures also show 95,500 jobs for 15-24 year olds being added in the year to June 2018 – the strongest result over a financial year since 1989.
The unemployment rate has declined to 5 per cent, the lowest level since 2012 and below the level we inherited from Labor in September 2013 (5.7 per cent). Likewise, the youth unemployment rate is at its lowest level in over six years – 11.1 per cent. Again, this is down on the level we inherited in September 2013 (12.7 per cent).
LESS WELFARE DEPENDENCY
More Australians are finding jobs. The percentage of working age Australians on welfare has fallen to 15.1% – the lowest rate of welfare dependency in over twenty-five years.
INCOME TAX RELIEF
We’re making income taxes lower, fairer and simpler.
In 2018-19, around 4.4 million Australians will get tax relief of $530 per year and over 10 million taxpayers will get some tax relief. The tax relief plan we have legislated will remove an entire tax bracket, meaning that by the time our plan is fully implemented, 94% of taxpayers will pay no more than 32.5 cents in the dollar.
SMALL BUSINESS TAX CUTS
Tax cuts have been delivered for 3.3 million businesses employing around 7 million Australians. Further tax relief has been legislated (to further reduce the rate from 27.5% to 25% for businesses with annual turnover up to $50 million).
For unincorporated businesses with a turnover less than $5 million, we have introduced a tax discount of 8% (capped at $1,000), and have legislated a further increase to 16%.
INSTANT ASSET WRITE OFF
Small businesses are being encouraged to invest in new equipment and machinery, with an instant asset write off for businesses with an annual turnover up to $10 million. This was used by almost 350,000 small businesses in 2016-17.
LESS RED TAPE
Compliance costs have been reduced for businesses, individuals and community groups by $5.9 billion since 2013 – including simplified Business Activity Statements, a Small Business Superannuation Clearing House and thousands of other decisions that are making life easier.
MORE AFFORDABLE ENERGY
Labor’s Carbon Tax has been abolished.
While electricity prices doubled under Labor, we have turned the corner on electricity prices, with a 1.3% fall measured by the ABS in the last quarter.
A number of new measures – a safety net price, a big stick to stop energy companies ripping off customers, and a technology neutral program to underwrite new energy generation – will further reduce electricity prices.
The feasibility study for Snowy Hydro 2.0 has been completed, which showed Snowy 2.0 will increase the scheme’s capacity by 50%, improving the reliability of renewable energy and the national electricity grid.
RECORD INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT
A record $75 billion is being invested over the next decade in highway upgrades, congestion busting roads, rail projects including inland rail, improved local roads and a new airport.
FIXING THE BUDGET
Over $41 billion in Budget savings have been delivered since the 2016 election. We have halved the growth in spending – from 4% per year under Labor, to 1.9% under the Coalition (the most restrained of any Government in more than fifty years).
The Budget deficit in 2017-18 is projected to be $18.2 billion, less than half what it was two years ago. We are on track for a balanced budget in 2019-20.
Trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea have been delivered, while negotiations have been completed for agreements with Peru and Indonesia, as well as the new Trans-Pacific Partnership between 11 major economies in our region (collectively worth $13.7 trillion).
Australia’s exports increased to $401 billion in 2017-18, up from $307 billion in 2012-13. In 2017-18 Australia had a trade surplus of $6.4 billion (compared to a deficit of around $20 billion in 2012-13).
TACKLING UNION LAWLESSNESS
The Australian Building and Construction Commission has been restored to protect 1.1 million employees and 350,000 small businesses and tradies in the building industry from CFMMEU lawlessness. Corrupt and secret payments have been banned between businesses and unions.
Around 35,000 owner-operator truck drivers were saved from a hostile union takeover, with the abolition of the so-called “Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal” established by Bill Shorten.
We stopped the boats. After 50,000 illegal arrivals in 800 boats under Labor, Australia’s borders are now secure and there were no arrivals over four years (from 2014 to 2018).
17 detention centres have been closed, saving the Budget billions.
14 major terrorist plots have been thwarted. The Government is boosting our security agencies, has introduced tougher anti-terror laws and is revoking citizenship of dual nationals who engage in terrorism.
The Government has cancelled visas of 3,700 serious criminals – including murderers, rapists, child sex offenders, armed robbers and drug dealers. This follows the strengthening of the Migration Act, enabling the deportation of non-citizens who commit serious crimes.
TACKLING SCOURGE OF ICE
The AFP has seized over 15 tonnes of Ice since 2013. We are providing record funding for law enforcement and treatment.
A STRONGER DEFENCE FORCE
We are undertaking the largest build-up of our military capabilities in peacetime history to provide the weapons, vehicles, ships, systems and aircraft to defend our nation and our interests. Our $90 billion continuous shipbuilding program will see 54 ships built in Australia using Australian steel. Labor did not commission a single vessel to be built in Australia during their six years in office
CRACKING DOWN ON PAEDOPHILES
Carly’s Law has been introduced and has already led to high profile arrests. Registered sex offenders have been banned from holding an Australian passport. Legislation has been introduced that means paedophiles would spend longer in jail, be less likely to get bail or parole and face mandatory sentences.
MORE AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE
The New Child Care Package benefits around one million families, by abolishing the $7,613 annual cap for families (incomes up to $187,000) and introducing a new Child Care Subsidy.
MORE SCHOOLS FUNDING
An extra $24.5 billion of funding is being provided over a decade – a 50% funding increase for the average student. Our agreement replaces 27 secret deals and will provide needs based funding for all students.
BETTER HEALTH CARE
We are doubling public hospital funding compared to Labor, increasing funding from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to a record $28.7 billion in 2024-25 (116% growth over this period).
86% of GP visits were bulk billed last year – 27.3 million more than Labor’s last year – a Medicare record. Reforms have been introduced to make private health insurance easier to understand and more affordable.
From the start of this year, all 12 and 13 year olds have access to free protection against the HPV virus and cervical and other cancers.
Every mother will now be given the opportunity to vaccinate against whooping cough with a free vaccine.
Every 12 month old in the country is now offered a free quad-strain (ACWY) meningococcal vaccine.
Our No Jab, No Pay policy resulted in 210,000 extra children immunised in its first year. More than 94% of Australian children are immunised as a result of the Coalition Government’s initiatives.
LIFE SAVING MEDICINES
There has been an average of one new or amended medicine listing a day on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, worth more than $9 billion.
In some cases, medicines that are worth hundreds of thousands are now available for $6.40 (pensioners / concessional) or $39.50 (general patients) per script, benefiting people suffering from conditions such as breast cancer, spinal muscular atrophy, heart disease, epilepsy, severe asthma and cystic fibrosis.
We are listing every medicine that the independent experts recommend. This was not the approach taken by Labor, who deferred and delayed several important medicines.
We are investing in skills programs for older workers, allowing people on the Age Pension to keep more of what they earn, expanding the Pension Loans Scheme, allowing recent retirees to make further super contributions and providing more high level home care packages. We will fight Bill Shorten’s new Retirement Tax.
WELFARE TO WORK
We believe the best form of welfare is a job. Work for the Dole has been reinvigorated with almost 71,000 participants. People will no longer be able to use drug and alcohol dependency as an excuse for missing their requirements, unless they are prepared to seek treatment. We’re also trialling cashless welfare cards and are seeking to trial drug testing of welfare recipients.
RESTRICTING GAMBLING ADS
As part of the Coalition Government’s media reforms, gambling ads have been removed during televised sports between 5:00am and 8.30pm on free-to-air television. These restrictions came into effect on 30 March 2018 and the same restrictions for online content services will come into effect on 28 September 2018.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
All Australians had the opportunity to have a say on same sex marriage, which is now law.