Labor MPs welcome cost of living relief in Chalmers Budget

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The two federal MPs who represent outer South Western Sydney say last night’s budget will bring cost of living relief for locals – and a future made in Australia.

Anne Stanley (Werriwa) and Mike Freelander (Macarthur, both of whom are members of the Albanese Labor Government, welcomed measures such as the $300 rebate on power bills from July 1.

That is also when the so called “tax cuts for everyone’’ take effect.

“The Albanese Labor Government knows that people in Werriwa are doing it tough and this Budget delivers new help,’’ says Ms Stanley, pictured above with finance minister Katy Gallagher and treasurer Jim Chalmers.

“We are backing more good jobs and fair wages in Werriwa by investing in the energy and skills for a future in Australia.

“It’s about the two things that have driven our government for two years – acting on cost of living and making our future here.”

The 2024 Budget has delivered for Macarthur, says Dr Freelander, with more than $72.5 million allocated for the upgrade of Appin Road, which will benefit both motorists and wildlife, and help ensure that this notoriously dangerous road receives the upgrades it has needed for so long.

And $120 million will be spent in funding better public transport access to the new Western Sydney Airport, along with $7.5 million into Spring Farm Parkway and $5 million into the Hume Highway.

Local councils in Macarthur will also receive over $17.4 million over five years to fund Road to Recovery programs, which will improve motorist and pedestrian safety in our suburbs.

“I strongly welcome these investments, particularly Appin Road, as I have long campaigned for these improvements to both Federal and NSW Governments, and now we have a government that is delivering and I am proud to be part of it in ensuring this happens,” Dr Freelander said.

He said that the budget funding on health means there will now be five MRI machines in Macarthur with Medicare coverage, which will help expand affordable access to imaging services in Macarthur.

Making sure pathology tests stay bulk billed by indexing the Medicare rebates for common medical tests – reducing waiting times and catching health problems sooner – will benefit over 71,000 Macarthur residents.

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