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The Morrison Government will invest $270 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the capability and potency of the Australian Defence Force, to keep Australians safe while protecting the country’s interests in a changing global environment.
In its 2020 Defence Strategic Update released today, the Morrison Government will signal a key change in Australia’s defence posture, as it prioritises the Indo-Pacific region.
The update provides a new plan to tackle Australia’s defence challenges while increasing capability investment across the entire ADF.
A new $1.5 billion Australian Government infrastructure package will provide an immediate injection into the economy and bring jobs back online to help stem the impact of COVID-19.
Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in Mitchell.
“Every single job that we support makes a huge difference in our local communities – now and as we navigate out of the pandemic,” Alex Hawke said.
The Morrison Government continues to back small business with the announcement that it will extend the $150,000 instant asset write-off for six months to 31 December 2020.
Mitchell businesses with annual turnover of less than $500 million will be able to take advantage of this extended timeframe to invest in assets to support their business as the economy reopens and coronavirus health restrictions continue to be eased.
Councils in Mitchell will be supported as part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $1.8 billion boost for road and community projects through local governments across Australia.
The investment will support local jobs and businesses and boost local economies struggling under the effects of COVID-19.
Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, said the package included the establishment of a new $500 million Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program and the bringing forward of $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grant payment.
GP clinics in Mitchell are assisting in the testing and tracing of COVID-19 as part of the Australian Government’s $2.4 billion health response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
More than 100 clinics are now open around the country, including Castle Hill, to assess and test patients with mild to moderate COVID-19-like symptoms, reducing pressure on hospital emergency departments and local general practices.