Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Julia Gillard MP

A better deal for patients

Every Australian, no matter where they live, will benefit from the new health agreement Prime Minister Gillard has reached with the State and Territory Governments.

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Rebuilding Australia after the floods

This summer Australians have witnessed some destructive forces of nature and rebuilding flood-affected communities is an immense national challenge. That’s why a flood levy is needed - to support the massive rebuilding effort and get flood ravaged communities back on their feet.

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Rebuilding Australia after the floods

The cost to fix essential infrastructure such as roads, bridges, ports and railway lines is going to run into the billions of dollars.

That’s why a flood levy is needed - to support the massive rebuilding effort and get flood ravaged communities back on their feet.

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18th Feb 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today welcomed announcements from the Australian Greens and from Independent Andrew Wilkie, the Member for Denison that they would be voting for the Government’s legislation on the flood levy.

17th Feb 2011

PM: Today I’ve had the opportunity to talk to residents in Tully Heads to see some of the damage in Tully and then to be here talking to local banana growers about what it’s going to take to recover from this devastating cyclone.

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Why is the Government doing this?

Rebuilding flood‐affected regions across Australia is going to be an immense national challenge. The Commonwealth’s costs are expected to be about $5.6 billion to finance the rebuilding that needs to be done following the floods.

The Commonwealth will meet two‐thirds of these costs by reprioritising existing spending. But the Government is introducing a modest, temporary levy on taxpayers to meet the other third of the costs.

The levy will apply in the 2011‐12 income year to individual taxpayers with income over $50,000. It will exempt taxpayers who received an Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment in relation to a flood that occurred in 2010‐11.

31st Jan 2011

1. Low-income earners will not pay the levy. The levy only applies to income above $50,000.

2. The levy will not apply to victims of the floods. People in flood affected areas who have received the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment this financial year will be exempt from the levy.

3. The levy will only apply for the 2011-2012 financial year and will raise $1.8 billion.

4. A teacher earning $65,000 will pay $1.44 per week for the levy. You can calculate how the levy will affect you here.

5. A lawyer earning $95,000 will pay $4.33 per week for the levy. 

27th Jan 2011

Flood Appeal

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