More Australians in full-time work than ever before

Figures released by the ABS today underline the strength of the Australian economy, with more Australians in employment than ever before and full time employment surging. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the figures were encouraging. “I am committed to reducing unemployment and particularly youth unemployment in Forde,” Mr van Manen said. “By…

Local Drug Action Team applications now open

The second round of applications are now open for local organisations to join the Turnbull Government’s Local Drug Action Team program. Community groups across Australia are joining forces to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction. “We need to work together to fight the scourge of ice and other drugs which…

Peru a possibility for Forde exporters

The Turnbull Government is seeking a high quality, comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Peru to open new markets for Forde exporters that will create more local jobs.   MP Bert van Manen said Peru presents a growing opportunity for Forde exporters that the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) will help unlock.   “Over the…

New export opportunities for Forde

The Turnbull Government has launched negotiations to secure a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Hong Kong to help create more jobs in Forde. Forde MP Bert van Manen said an FTA with Hong Kong would create new export opportunities for local service providers. “This will be a very modern FTA focused on securing access for…

Lodge or Leave

The Turnbull Government has set a deadline for thousands of Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) who flooded into Australia under the previous Labor Government to prove they are genuine refugees and owed protection by Australia. They must lodge applications for processing by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) by October 1. There are 7500…

Funding to support community radio broadcasters

The Turnbull Government is supporting the vital role the community radio sector plays in enhancing the diversity of Australia’s media and broadcasting sector with new funding announced today. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the Turnbull Government announced $6.1 million over two years to support the rollout of digital radio services and…

Record funding for legal assistance sector

The Turnbull Coalition Government has committed a further injection of funding to the legal assistance sector as part of the 2017-18 Federal Budget. The Turnbull Government will provide a further $55.7 million over the next three years to community legal centres ($39 million) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services ($16.7 million). Federal Member for…