PARLIAMENT UPDATE: 9th -12th sept. 2019
This week, as the Minister for Housing I was pleased to introduce legislation that will establish the Government's First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. The Scheme will help first home buyers enter the property market sooner, by providing a Government guarantee that will allow first home buyers to purchase a home with a deposit of 5%.
Commencing on 1 January next year, it will be available to 10,000 first home buyers each year and will complement other initiatives we've undertaken to assist first home buyers including the First Home Super Saver Scheme.
Most importantly, the Government also introduced mandatory jail sentences for those convicted of sex offences against children. It's outrageous that last year, more than 28% of child sex offenders convicted of federal offences, did not spend a single day in jail.
Few things are more important than protecting children and mandatory sentences for child sex offences will help alleviate the current injustice. It will also make it harder for serious offenders to get bail, while repeat offenders will have to stay in prison for longer.
Finally, we've also introduced legislation this week to deliver on our commitment to reduce the cost of medicines with the introduction of the PBS Safety Net legislation. This will support over 1.6 million Australians who will reach their Safety Net sooner, qualifying them for free or more affordable medicines.
You can read transcripts or watch videos of my speeches in Parliament by either clicking on the articles below or by visiting www.michaelsukkar.com.au.
The Hon Michael Sukkar MP
Federal Member for Deakin
Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer