Senate debates

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Questions without Notice

Regional Australia

2:50 pm

Photo of Fiona NashFiona Nash (NSW, National Party, Deputy Leader of the Nationals) Share this | Hansard source

I can advise the chamber that we have indeed already started delivering a range of measures in the five focus areas that we have prioritised. We are delivering lower taxes through the enterprise tax plan, which will benefit the 542,000 small businesses that call regional Australia home. As part of this year's budget, we are also investing $9 million so that rural and remote Australians can for the first time access psychology services covered by Medicare through teleconferencing and Skype. I acknowledge Senator Smith for the work he has been doing in this area. This year's budget also delivers $15 million for up to eight regional study hubs across regional Australia to support rural, regional and remote university students complete their studies. And, very significantly, we are investing $8.4 billion to build the inland rail. It took the coalition to deliver it, and deliver it we will.


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