Budget 2018 – a plan for a stronger economy

The Coalition Government is sticking to its plan to build a stronger economy to benefit all Australians, the Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said. “We are delivering tax relief with a focus on low and middle income earners, investing in congestion busting infrastructure and responsibly returning the budget to balance,” Mr van Manen…

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Helping people with disability get a job

People with disability will be able to receive more support in their search for a job with the Turnbull Government increasing funding to new and existing Disability Employment Service (DES) providers from July 1, 2018. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said DES providers in Forde helped connect people with disability to the…

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Free whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women

The Turnbull Government will provide the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine to every pregnant woman in the country, protecting both baby and mother from this life-threatening disease. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the $39.5 million investment would add the vaccine to the National Immunisation Program, guaranteeing its access, safety and availability for…

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Life-saving medicine added to PBS

The Turnbull Government will provide $241 million to list a vital and life-saving medicine which treats Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), cutting the cost to patients in Forde by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said from June 1 this year, the Government would make Spinraza available on the…

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Lifeline funding boost to support mental health

The Turnbull Government will provide $33.8 million to Lifeline to significantly boost their telephone crisis service and help those with mental health issues in Forde. Over one million Australians reach out to Lifeline each year and it receives the largest call volume of any crisis support service. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP…

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Labor and Hardman’s campaign fail

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP has called out Labor Senator Murray Watt and Forde’s Labor candidate Des Hardman’s campaign fail following claims the Gold Coast Bulletin the Turnbull Government’s business tax cuts fail to support small business. “How quickly Senator Watt and Mr Hardman forget the Turnbull Coalition Government has already delivered…

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Medicare record for patients in Forde

The latest Medicare data from July 2017 to March 2018 shows Australian patients have set a new record for the highest GP bulk-billing rate ever achieved for this period – increasing to 85.8 per cent nationwide. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said locally in the south east Queensland region, the bulk billing…

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Gonski review to drive better outcomes

The Turnbull Government has released a landmark report into Australia’s school system that outlines a clear plan to ensure every school student; including those in Forde have the opportunities they need to succeed. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said he welcomed the Turnbull Government’s in-principle support for all recommendations of the Review…

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$8500 awarded to Men’s Sheds in Forde

Beenleigh District Men’s Shed and Pimpama Men’s Shed have both been awarded Turnbull Government Grants as part of the National Shed Development Programme. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said he was pleased to share the great news with the two Men’s Sheds, who do tremendous work in the local community. “Pimpama Men’s…

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Backing young sporting champions

The Turnbull Government is supporting the next generation of Australia’s Sporting Champions through the Logan Sporting Champions Grant program. Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said young athletes could apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant to support their involvement in sport. “The Coalition Government is committed to getting Australian kids more active,…

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