Aged care providers in the Richmond electorate will be able to apply for funds under the next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) from May.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says the Round will continue to expand the Home Care Packages program which provides individually tailored packages of home care services to help older Australians remain living independently in their own home.
Senator Williams said the residential aged care places will also be made available in the next ACAR.
The Government will make funding available for capital grants under the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund.
“The Government recognises that many older Australians wish to remain in their own home for as long as possible.
The man who advised the Gillard government’s Multi-Party Climate Change Committee is not concerned about the transport industry being hit by the carbon tax from the 1st of July this year.
Under questioning from the Nationals Senator for NSW John Williams during the Environment and Communications Senate hearing into the Direct Action Plan, Professor Garnaut was asked did he support a tax that would add an extra $515 million in diesel costs.
Professor Garnaut replied "Yes I do Senator" to which Senator Williams commented "the truckies will love you".
Senator Williams said he is disappointed but not surprised by Professor Garnaut’s response and it shows he is out of touch with the impact the carbon tax has had and will have on regional Australia.
The Coalition government is moving on its election commitment to help eligible job seekers get off welfare and into work.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says legislation has been introduced into the Parliament which offers financial assistance through two measures.
Senator Williams said the Job Commitment Bonus. will encourage eligible young, long-term unemployed job seekers aged 18 to 30 by offering them $2,500 if they secure a job and remain in continuous work for 12 months.
He said if they remain in work and off income support for two years they will receive a further $4,000.
“For those happy to relocate there are significant financial advantages.
Farmers in Richmond will benefit from the Federal government’s drought package announced this morning by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce.
The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says the $320 million package includes an Interim Farm Household Allowance, concessional loans, additional funding for water-related infrastructure rebates, social support and funding for managing pests in drought-affected areas.