Budget 2020-21: Record health and aged care investment under Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic plan

The Morrison Government is delivering a record $115.5 billion in 2020–21 and $467 billion over the forward estimates to deliver the essential health services Australians need under the Long Term National Health Plan. The 2020–21 Budget funds the Government’s ongoing health response under the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan, extending initial key COVID-19 health initiatives. It…

Arthurs Seat to benefit from transport infrastructure boost

The summit of Arthurs Seat will receive a safety boost, with $300,000 secured for pedestrian safety upgrades as part of the 2020/21 Budget. The latest funding injection builds on a series of statewide infrastructure investments from the Commonwealth in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, which now total nearly $1.6 billion. Federal Member for Flinders, the…

Budget to deliver better access to life changing medicines for liver cancer, eye conditions and Parkinson’s disease

Australians suffering from liver cancer, myopia and Parkinson’s disease will soon have new treatment options, with amended PBS listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) coming into effect. In Tuesday’s budget, the Morrison Government will provide significant investment for new medicines including over $230 million to expand the listing Tecentriq® and Avastin® (atezolizumab and bevacizumab)…

Budget boost for the Mornington Peninsula environment, jobs and communities

The Mornington Peninsula will share in the Morrison-McCormack Government’s $61.7 million budget spending on environmental restoration and recovery measures, through the $1 billion COVID Relief Fund. Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt MP, said that this investment will create jobs, boost local tourism and preserve our environment as part of our economic recovery plan. The…

Mornington Peninsula Agricultural Shows can apply now for pandemic payment

Show societies and field day organisers on the Mornington Peninsula impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for a one-off payment under the Australian Government’s $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. The program provides operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days forced to cancel their scheduled show or…

$9 million for research into cancer in children and young adults

The Morrison Government is providing $9 million to support research into the causes, biology and progression of cancer among children and young adults. Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease among Australian children. In the decade to 2015, nearly 1000 Australian children under the age of 15 died from cancer. Delays in diagnosing…

Australia’s first strategic action plan for blood cancers

As part of the 2020/21 Budget, the Morrison Government will provide more than $600,000 to the Leukaemia Foundation as part of Australia’s first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. Blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are estimated to account for more than one in 10 cancer deaths in Australia this year. The number…