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$3.95m and 14 New Places at Lionsbrae

Mike and the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Senator Jacinta Collins visited Lionsbrae Aged Care recently to meet staff and residents and announce $3.95 million in funding and 14 residential places for new accommodation at Lionsbrae Aged Care Home in Ringwood East for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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Partners in Recovery Brings $10M For Mental Health

The Federal Labor Government has allocated nearly $10 million to coordinate and support residents with severe and persistent mental illness in eastern Melbourne. The funding will go to a consortium of organsiations to allow them to address the complex needs of vulnerable people with better support and more flexible funding.

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More Online Options This Tax Time

This year the ATO has launched a range of new online services to assist Australians to lodge their income tax returns. The new free mobile app ATO Tax 2013 provides information on lodging your return, FAQs and lets you monitor the progress of your return.

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Pensioners & Self-Funded Retirees Get Help With Bills

Mike is delighted that more than 2,400 seniors living in Deakin are receiving a boost to their household budgets, with the first quarterly Clean Energy Supplement for seniors now arriving in bank accounts.

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Creative Young Star Grants Program Extended

The application period for the Federal Labor Government’s Creative Stars grants program has been extended until Wednesday 26 June 2013. Creative Young Stars aims to provide grant assistance to young Australians, aged 25 years and under, to further their creative and artistic pursuits in the same way that grants are given to young sports men and women. Grants […]

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Super Contributions Start Climb To 12% From 1 July

From the first of July 2013 the Superannuation Guarantee (SG), or the compulsory superannuation contribution made by your employer into your super fund, will rise from 9% to 9.25% of your salary each year. The Federal Labor Government has ensured that the base rate rises each year until compulsory contributions reach 12% on 1 July 2019.

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Deakin Residents Honoured on Queen’s Birthday

Mike is delighted to congratulate six Deakin residents on their receipt of awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced this week. The awards in the Order of Australia are presented to Australians who have made significant contributions to their local community and the wider Australian community.

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$10 Million Makes a Splash for Aquanation

Mike was delighted to advise the Maroondah City Council that the Deakin community will receive an Australian Government grant of $10million from the Regional Development Fund for Aquanation, the new Victorian State Diving Centre and aquatic leisure centre to be constructed in Ringwood.

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Grant Helped Stephen Run in WA

Mike recently visited the Ringwood Athletic Track and met with Local Sporting Champion Stephen Dang and his coach Peter Benifer. Stephen, who is 14, came 2nd in the 200m event at the National Junior Championships held in WA recently. Mike congratulated Stephen and presented him with a certificate of achievement following on from a $500 […]

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Tintern Students Make the Great Hall Sing

Mike recently hosted a visit to Parliament House in Canberra for year six students from Tintern Junior School who were spending the week in Canberra on camp. The students were afforded the rare privilege of being invited to sing four songs in the Great Hall standing in front of the wonderful tapestry.

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Mums & Bubs Appy With New Delivery

New parents can now lodge Centrelink documents straight from the maternity ward using a fast, easy and secure smartphone app for families. Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas joined Mike recently to visit new parents at Mitcham Private Hospital to test drive the new option.

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National Action on Asbestos Safety

The Gillard Labor Government will invest more than $10.5million to deliver a national approach to protect Australians from asbestos related diseases. Widespread asbestos use in construction materials during the 20th century has left Australia with a deadly legacy.

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