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An update from The Hon Michael McCormack MP, The Nationals' Member for Riverina
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First week back for Federal Parliament

 
THE dust is settling on the first sitting week for the Federal Parliament this week and this has been a very busy few days for my Nationals’ colleagues and I.

I spent the summer out and about in the Riverina and Central West, meeting with small businesses, families and other locals to hear what should be on our agenda for 2017.

And The Nationals haven’t wasted any time in getting down to business.
 
We’ve achieved a lot together in the seven months since the last election, but I know there is still a lot on our agenda.
 
This is a video snapshot of the first few days back at Federal Parliament, where producers, small businesses and consumers were front and centre in our plan to lower the tax rate, extend the eligibility for the instant asset write-off to a further 90,000 Australian small businesses and to cut through red tape.
 
There’s also plenty of good news for Riverina consumers with Country of Origin Labelling, changes to child care arrangements and important talks with the Health Minister about a Temora family’s need for changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
 
I am excited to keep meeting with locals and businesses throughout the Riverina and Central West and listening to small business right across the country as part of your Nationals’ team in Government again this year.
 
Welcome to the first MccCormack Reports from Parliament in 2017. I hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer.
 
I look forward to working with you again on behalf of the Riverina and Central West, as well as Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses throughout the year.
 
Remember to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with our work around the Riverina and Central West this year.

Kind regards


 

Michael McCormack MP
The Nationals' Member for Riverina
Minister for Small Business
This week in Federal Parliament
WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE RIVERINA AND CENTRAL WEST?

Clearer Country of Origin labels a win for consumers

FROM our Nats’ branch meetings to party conferences, from the farm gate to the supermarket shelves in towns large and small across the Riverina and Central West, I know how important better labelling for Country of Origin for food is for locals.
 
For decades, The Nationals have known the system needs changing.
 
And this week we delivered just that.
 
Clear, concise and easy-to-use, these labels are now law and is a great win for producers and consumers.
 
Finally, consumers will have better clarification on when “made in” and “packed in” claims are made.
 
As Small Business Minister, I have responsibility for consumer affairs and I know how simple and effective changes such as these will benefit Australian consumers, as well as farmers across the Riverina and Central West.
 
For more information on the new system, click here: http://mfm.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/012-2017/.

I know consumers and farmers across the Riverina and Central West have been crying out for better Country of Origin labelling. I'm delighted we delivered that this week.
GOOD FOR GANMAIN: Logan and Hitchens, established in 1913, is a fantastic success story - a story that just keeps getting better. The Lake Street wholesale grain and produce business is a finalist in the CRT Retailer of the Year award, to be announced on 11 February. Well done to everyone involved in this fantastic Riverina firm and good luck!

Meeting with the Golder Family about Cystic Fibrosis


IT was good to meet with Chris and Renae Golder of Temora at Parliament House in Canberra this week, after they'd attended a rally in support of their children, 9-year-old Jack and 11-year-old Annelise, both of whom were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth.
 
Chris, Renae and all those who attended the rally are campaigning to have the drug, Orkambi listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to help sufferers of this debilitating condition live as normal a life as possible.
 
I have spoken with the Health Minister Greg Hunt about the family and will continue to pursue the matter in the coming weeks and months.
 
The listing of medicines on the PBS is determined by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and conducted at arms’-length from Government, however, I have reaffirmed my commitment to the Golder family and will do all I can to support them in their efforts and continue to keep the matter on the Government's radar.
 
As a parent I understand how important health is to family and children. I encourage Chris and Renae in their efforts and thank them for sharing their experience with me and bringing this important matter to my attention.

GOLDER FAMILY: Chris and Renae Golder of Temora were in the capital this week to help lobby for a drug to treat Cystic Fibrosis being added to the PBS.  

Small business boom from Coalition tax plan


CITY or country, in the suburbs or our smallest towns and villages, 2.1 million small businesses are the realisation of the dreams and aspirations of Australians and employ almost five million people.
 
With more than 45 per cent of Australians’ employment and a $380 billion boost to our economy each and every year, there is not a person nor a community which is untouched by small business.
 
Everyone of us wants to see more jobs with higher wages, more services available locally and resilient communities ready for the needs of our children and our children’s children.
 
This week the Government introduced a Bill to Parliament which will do just that – our Ten Year Enterprise Tax Plan.
 
It’s a plan to reduce the company tax rate for small business to its lowest level in five decades. It will make more Australian businesses internationally competitive and enable our risk-takers to grow more, employ more people at higher wages and to take the next step in expanding their business.
 
It will also increase by 90,000 the number of small businesses which are eligible for the $20,000 instant asset write-off programme, as well as the lower tax rate we seek.
 
Many MPs in this Government have done exactly what I have – run their own small businesses, taken risks and employed people.
 
We know a business with an annual turnover of $2 million is not a big one – and we want more Australians taking a risk and having a go. We want Australians to pursue their dream.
 
Here’s a bit more information on our plan and a video of a speech I gave in Parliament this week about small business: http://mfm.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/007-2017/

Helping small business have a go
Outlining the benefits of our Ten Year Enterprise Tax Plan to the Parliament.
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AMAZING FORBES: We all know Forbes is a gem in the Central West but it was well and truly in focus recently with this "amazing" display crossing the Lachlan! Couldn't have said it better myself! 
WHAT'S NEWS IN THE NATIONALS?

Elvis is in the building!

 
I WAS "All Shook Up" after an amazing day in Parkes a few weeks ago, with more than 25,000 people turning out for the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival!
 
Bringing tens of millions of dollars to town as motels, restaurants, cafes and other shops sell out, it’s fantastic for the Shire’s tourism dollar, with a multiplier effect the envy of many towns and communities across the country.
 
It was wonderful to see Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith & so many locals join my wife Catherine (Priscilla!) and I as we all "Can't Help Falling In Love" with the Parkes Shire's premier tourism event! 
 
With preparations already underway for 2018, I am looking forward to retuning to Australia’s Gracelands next year!
 
There’s more photos of this amazing event on my Facebook page!

ELVIS EXTRAVAGAZA: Just some of the fun from this year's Elvis Festival.
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COUNTRY VOICE IN CANBERRA: Took some time out very early one morning this week for the annual Nationals' team photo. We're all focused on delivering for rural and regional Australia.

Temora's medical marvel

TEMORA and neighbouring shires will benefit from the new medical diagnostic imaging facility opened in the town last weekend.
 
Happy to be joined by Federal Minister for Regional Development, local Nats’ Senator Fiona Nash and The Nationals’ Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson at what was a real red letter day for the region.
 
The $1.57 million centre, incorporated in the Federally funded Temora Medical Precinct opened just 4 years ago, will enable same day diagnostic imaging services included CT and x-ray services. There are also new furnished residential units for visiting doctors, specialists and medical students as well as a sealed car park with an ambulance bay.
 
This facility will be of great benefit to attracting doctors, specialists and medical students to Temora to work in a first-class multi-disciplinary health facility who will have access to convenient and affordable accommodation.
 
It’s a widely-acknowledged fact that medical students studying and undertaking placements in regional areas are more likely to remain in the community longer term, so it is critically important we provide more opportunities to train and remain in regional areas.
 
Temora Mayor Cr Rick Firman was delighted with the project, managed by James Durham, and particularly as though local builders did most of the work. Fantastic to see so many other shire Mayors there too to celebrate the occasion.

 

DELIVERING THE GOODS: Great to join Nationals' colleagues Fiona Nash and Katrina Hodgkinson, with Temora Mayor Rick Firman, in opening the Shire's medical diagnostic imaging facility. 

33 new Aussies for Wagga Wagga!

IT WAS a fantastic Australia Day at the Wagga Wagga Beach on the banks of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River this year, with 33 new Aussies gaining their citizenship.
 
What a fantastic day and way to become a new Aussie!
 
The Australian Army Band Kapooka played at its usual peak level and thousands enjoyed the entertainment and the barbecue. Well done to the chair of the Wagga Wagga City Council Australia Day Community Committee Graham Cotter and his team for all their hard work.
 
There’s some photos on my Facebook page!

 

NEW AUSSIES: Welcoming new Australian citizens, such as the 33 new people in Wagga Wagga this Australia Day, is one of the best parts of my job.
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