The Official Parliamentary Induction Ceremony
Echo 20 May 99
The Official Parliamentary Induction Ceremony held last week was special and
humbling and was made very memorable by the presence of my family.
Good news for business was the announcement of a reduction in Payroll Tax from
6.85% to 6.4%. The introduction of the Payroll Tax Amendment (Apprentices
Concession and Rate Reduction) Bill at Parliament confirmed the Government's
commitment to business which is a positive sign.
This Bill is to encourage employment of apprentices by way of payroll tax relief
and is expected to encourage an additional 1,000 apprenticeships. The scheme
will consist of a tiered percentage of payroll tax liability and full liability
applicable only when the apprentices reach their fourth year: an expected saving
of $4 million each year. Commencement is 1 July this year and will not only
apply to new, but also to existing apprentices.
The recent announcement of the site identification for the $2.8m detoxification
centre was welcomed. This recognition by the Health Minister, Mr Craig Knowles
and the Northern Rivers Area Health Service is appreciated.
Over the past few days, I have been present at the Drug Summit with an open mind
and keen to hear various opinions on this issue. I received a number of
informative booklets, letters and publications on this widespread community
crisis and I believe it is essential to broaden my knowledge regarding this
matter of concern.
As I have met other Members of Parliament, both regional and metropolitan, it is
apparent that the issues we have in this region are not isolated. To date,
inaugural speeches and other comments highlight that these matters of concern
are state wide.
So again I reiterate my earlier statements that we need to look forward and
promote the positives of the seat of Lismore and try not to dwell on the
Applications are being invited from persons interested in being considered for
appointment as a member of the Wyrallah Flood Refuge Reserve Trust. The term of
appointment is up to five years and trusts are responsible to the Minister for
Land and Water Conservation and are charged with the care, control and
management of the Reserves. Further details can be obtained by contacting my