At it’s campaign launch in Brisbane yesterday, the Coalition announced it will help retirees by indexing the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, provide $200 million to dementia research and help young apprentices with a HECS-like apprentice loan scheme.
“We have a clear plan to build a stronger economy to provide more jobs and more support to those who need it,” said LNP candidate for Fisher Mal Brough.
Mr Brough said the indexing of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) will provide retirees with peace of mind.
“Seniors’ number one concern is rising cost of living pressures. That’s what I hear in the street. Particularly the rising costs for healthcare and utility bills.
“That’s why the Coalition will scrap the carbon tax, but keep the fortnightly pension and benefit increases. We’re going to end Labor’s war on private health insurance and we’re going to index the CSHC.”
Mr Brough said the Coalition would also provide an additional $200 million for dementia research.
“Most families have been impacted by this insidious disease and without a medical breakthrough, nearly one million Australians will be suffering from dementia by 2050.
“This is an investment in the future health of every family in Fisher”.
Mr Brough said new $20,000 Trade Support Loans would help Sunshine Coast apprentices finish their apprenticeship and would be repayable at the same thresholds as FEE-HELP loans for university students.
“When I talk to apprentices the message I get time and time again is that they are struggling. Apprenticeship completion rates are far too low.
“Apprentices will not have to repay any money until they are earning a sustainable income. This policy will help lift apprenticeship completion rates, build Australia’s skilled workforce and strengthen the economy.”