REFORM AND ACTION ON INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION

The Commonwealth Government is committed to adoption reform to enable more people to find families.     A new report has identified significant barriers facing Australian families wanting to adopt from overseas. Inconsistent rules, costs and the lengthy wait to adopt currently deter many people from even starting the adoption process.   The COAG agreed to…

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BONNER COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO REMEMBER AT ANZAC DAY

Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, is encouraging his community to remember Australian servicemen and women from all wars and conflicts. “On Anzac Day, it’s important to take a moment to reflect and recognise the men and women who served our nation in wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations.” Ross Vasta said Anzac Day is one of the most important…

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Australian Government honours our dedicated police officers

Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta MP has announced that the Australian Government will extend the eligibility for the National Police Service Medal.   Ross Vasta said until now, police officers whose service concluded between 14 February 1975 and 30 October 2008 were ineligible for this distinguished medal.   The National Police Service Medal recognises 15…

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Calling for Green Army projects in Bonner!

  The launch of the Green Army is getting closer and the Government is now calling on councils and community groups to submit ideas for new projects in Bonner. An application form and project guidelines for Green Army projects are now available for organisations to begin planning new projects under the Green Army Programme. “The…

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A FAIR GO FOR VETERANS – DELIVERED

    The Abbott Coalition Government has delivered its election promise to 57,000 military superannuants and their families.   385 of veterans living in Bonner will benefit from the Government’s legislation which delivers fair indexation.    Ross Vasta MP welcomed the passage of the Defence Force Retirement Benefits Legislation Amendment (Fair Indexation) Bill 2014 through…

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Contract Awarded for Gateway Motorway Project at Wishart

Major works are set to kick-off on Brisbane’s south side, with McIlwain Civil awarded one of the Gateway Motorway project’s main contracts.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said works for the Gateway Upgrade South project include upgrading Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road and the Gateway Motorway interchange at Wishart.“Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road…

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Registrations open for Australian Heritage Week

  Registrations are now open for events during Australian Heritage Week 2014 and I encourage everyone in Bonner to get involved.   Australian Heritage Week is an annual national celebration of the places, buildings, landscapes and stories of our local communities and provides a link to our nation’s heritage.   Local groups and communities in…

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ROYAL COMMISSION INTO TRADE UNION GOVERNANCE AND CORRUPTION

Ross Vasta welcomes news the Prime Minister has recommended the establishment of a Royal Commission to inquire into alleged financial irregularities associated with the affairs of trade unions. It will inquire into the activities relating to ‘slush funds’ and other similar funds and entities established by, or related to, the affairs of these organisations. “This…

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$1,280,052 to help older Bonner residents live at home longer

Older people in Bonner will get extra support and care services-such as cleaning, meals, nursing care and transport-to remain living independently at home thanks to a $1,280,052 Australian Government investment.   The Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta MP, said the funding was part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC)…

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GST on moveable home estates

Ross Vasta welcomes the decision by the Australian Taxation Office to withdraw its draft ruling about the way GST is applied to moveable home sites.   The decision means there will be no change to the longstanding GST treatment of rented mobile homes.   Submissions about the draft ruling convinced the ATO that mobile home…

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