PARLIAMENT UPDATE:15 - 18th Jun. 2020
This week, the latest round of employment numbers confirmed the news that we've all feared: more than 228,000 people lost their job last month, bringing the total number of job losses since the start of the coronavirus pandemic to 835,000.
These numbers reveal the scale of the challenge that we still face over the coming months and it is why the Government has put in place more than $260 billion of economic support measures for businesses, households and workers.
The Government's JobMaker program will form a key part of the recovery strategy, which includes our decision this week to fast-track the approval of 15 major infrastructure projects around the country that will support 66,000 jobs. This will be facilitated by $1 billion to immediately start work on small priority projects, which are shovel-ready, with $500 million of that to target road safety works. This builds on the $7.8 billion worth of projects we’ve brought forward since November last year.
It might surprise you to learn that last year, 39 per cent of child sex offenders convicted under commonwealth laws did not spend one day in jail. For nearly three years, the Government has been fighting to introduce mandatory sentencing for child sex offenders, against the persistent opposition of Labor and the Greens.
This week we finally prevailed, forcing Labor to back-down, meaning we've been able to finally pass these laws to ensure offenders go to jail. This is going to help keep our kids safe and give police and prosecutors the strong laws they need to put these paedophiles away, as they deserve.
Finally, in Question Time this week, I was asked about how the Government's policies - including the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the new HomeBuilder program - are helping first-time buyers get into the housing market sooner. In just a few weeks, on 1st July, 10,000 more places will be released as part of the first home loan scheme, so if you're looking to buy your first home, visit NHFIC.gov.au to see if you are eligible.
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