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Media Release

Mike Kelly AM MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP

Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Wednesday 4 February 2009

Supporting education, jobs and growing local economies in Eden-Monaro

Mike Kelly AM MP the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro welcomed the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building and Jobs Plan, announced by the Prime Minister in Canberra this week.

Dr Kelly said this plan delivers a welcome investment in roads, local infrastructure; supports jobs, the homeless and farmers; tackles climate change and is set to boost local economies in towns across Eden-Monaro.

Dr Kelly particularly welcomed the benefit to our local schools from the package, with every primary school to receive between $250,000 and $3 million depending on the numbers of students at the school.

The plan will deliver $28.2 billion in direct investment in schools, housing, roads and other essential local infrastructure.

It will also provide $12.7 billion in direct payments to low and middle income earners and a $2.7 billion temporary tax rebate expansion for small business to encourage private sector investment.

Many locals will also receive targeted bonuses, to provide an immediate stimulus to the economy and support Australian jobs in the near-term.

In Eden-Monaro this package means:

• Every one of our 62 primary schools will have capital funding provided for essential new buildings and upgrades; and

• Eligible families will be able to install insulation in the family home for free or apply for a rebate of up to $1600 for solar hot water.

• 9,035 families will receive a Back to School Bonus of $950 to help with the costs of kids returning to school

• 234 farmers and small businesses affected by the drought will receive a Hardship payment of $950

• Up to 4,013 students and people looking for work will receive a Training and Learning Bonus of $950 to support their study costs

• People whose taxable income was less than $100,000 in 2007-08 will receive up to $950.

Dr Kelly said; “These are tough economic times and this plan strikes the right balance between supporting growth and jobs now, and delivering the investments needed to strengthen the economy for the long term.

“The Nation Building and Jobs Plan continues the Rudd Government’s decisive action in the face of a worsening global crisis.

“This plan is the biggest direct investment into our education system in living memory and will mean a better education for all of our primary school students.

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

“That’s why this decisive action by the Rudd Government is so critical for supporting economic growth and Australian jobs.

“It remains the case that Australia is better placed than most countries to respond to this crisis, so we need to work co-operatively to get through it because we are all in this together”, said Dr Kelly.

The Nation Building and Jobs Plan builds on the measures already in place to support economic activity and jobs.

• The $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy and $300 million program to build local community infrastructure in local council areas are supporting growth in the short term.

• The $15.2 billion COAG funding package and the $4.7 billion Nation Building Package will strengthen investment in road, rail, health and education infrastructure.

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