Budget: win some, lose some

Brand MP Gary Gray.
Brand MP Gary Gray.

Brand MHR Gary Gray announced on Wednesday that $120,000 would be spent upgrading the intersection of Safety Bay Road and Baldivis Road in Baldivis and Mandurah Road and Stakehill Road in Karnup under the Black Spot Program.

Mr Gray said the City of Rockingham would receive $331,112 in 2013/14 under the Roads to Recovery Program while the City of Kwinana would receive $277,178 to maintain and upgrade local roads.

He said local students would benefit from the Creative Young Stars program to encourage and recognise young people’s involvement in creative, cultural, academic and community events.

Liberal candidate Donna Gordin said the budget did nothing to help local families deal with cost of living pressures, economic uncertainty and poor services.

Mr Gray said 3,752 people in Brand could be eligible for the Disability Care Australia scheme.

He said 10,450 local families would receive the SchoolKids Bonus of $410 per primary school child and $820 per high school student paid in two instalments each year.

However, the baby bonus will drop from $5,000 to $2,000 for the birth of the first child, from $3,000 to $1,000 for subsequent children and only parents earning under $101,000 will be eligible.

From March next year, the bonus will form part of Family Tax Benefit A payments.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott was due to make his budget response last night.

What they said: Brand MHR Gary Gray (Labor):

‘The budget is a big win for the local area with huge investments in our classroom and our kids to give them the best possible start in life. Make no mistake, this is a government absolutely determined to support jobs and economic growth.’

Liberal candidate Donna Gordin:

‘At a time when Australians are desperately seeking stable and competent economic management, the budget just delivers more chaos, debt and spin.’

The Greens WA Senator Scott Ludlam:

‘It is appalling to see nothing in the budget to address the housing affordability crisis in WA.’