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Parliament Update 23 - 26 October 2017
At the time of publication, the High Court decision on the constitutional eligibility of various Members of Parliament and Senators has just been handed down. This will obviously dominate the media over coming days, but I won't dwell on that issue here.
Rather, it was a busy week in Parliament, where I introduced the Government’s National Housing and Homelessness Agreement.
Housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of all Australians. It is a driver of social and economic participation and promotes better employment, education and health outcomes.
The new Agreement will ensure that each State and Territory acknowledges and addresses the challenges specific to their jurisdiction through housing and homelessness strategies.
Funding allocated to homelessness services will be permanent and indexed and will provide certainty to organisations that offer frontline homelessness services, and will continue to support groups in need of crisis accommodation, like domestic violence victims and vulnerable young Australians.
Other issues I discussed in Parliament this week included our country’s economic growth and how support for small business has been crucial in supporting our strong economy.
We can’t take economic growth for granted – that’s why we’re encouraging investment, helping small businesses get ahead and creating more job opportunities for Australians.
This has led to more than 370,000 new jobs in the past year, with 85% of these new jobs being full-time.
Reducing the tax burden on small business has also allowed the small business sector to grow, hire more locals and pay higher wages. While we can never rest on our laurels, it is important to highlight that this focus on prosperity and aspiration is paying dividends.
You can read transcripts or watch videos of my speeches in Parliament by either clicking on the articles below or visiting www.michaelsukkar.com.au.
The Hon. Michael Sukkar MP
Federal Member for Deakin
Assistant Minister to the Treasurer