MP offers budget positives amid rallies

Moore MHR Ian Goodenough looks over the controversial 2014-15 Federal Budget.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough looks over the controversial 2014-15 Federal Budget.

Outlining highlights of the Federal Budget, the Moore MHR said his government had kept an election commitment to invest $243.8 million over four years in the program.

‘In my electorate of Moore, 17 schools currently have federally-funded chaplains and I am pleased that this will continue and grow,’ Mr Goodenough said.

‘I encourage the remaining 20 schools in the electorate to apply for funding which offers up to $20,000 per year to support a chaplain.’

The Greens led March in May rallies across the country on Sunday, May 18, including about 600 people in Northbridge, protesting against budget cuts to health, education and welfare.

‘Tony Abbott is intent on taking opportunities away from WA students, job seekers, young people, people with disability and single parents,’ Senator Rachel Siewert said.

‘The government is snatching education and employment opportunities away from people who need it the most, and young people across WA are particularly vulnerable.’

The Greens spokeswoman for family and community services said the budget made food and rent unaffordable, as well as visits to the doctor, and would make it harder for single parents to raise a family while they studied, worked or looked for a job.

‘Students will pay an extra $3.2 billion for university in the form of a lower HECS repayment threshold and the charging of real interest rates of up to 6 per cent on their debt,’ Senator Siewert said.

Students also held protests against education cuts in six cities, including Perth, yesterday.

Mr Goodenough said higher education would become ‘more accessible’ through support funding for pathway courses such as diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees.

‘Direct financial grants will be available to support students studying at Joondalup’s West Coast Institute,’ he said.

‘In addition, our government will establish a Commonwealth Scholarship scheme to ensure no student misses out on a higher education if they want one.

‘The Coalition Government will provide loans at concessional interest rates of up to $20,000 (over four years) to help apprentices complete their training ‘