Ian CausleyMember for Page- CanberraConnection

Office contactsPhone: 6621 9909Fax: 6621 9959Address: PO Box 1119, Lismore, 2480Email: conversion assistance

The Australian Government announced last week that it will provide financial assistance to people wishing to convert their private motor vehicle to LPG.

The Coalition recognises the impact of rising fuel prices on families and is introducing the LPG Vehicle Scheme to assist the uptake of this cheaper, alternative fuel.

Effective immediately, a tax-free grant of $2000 will be available to private purchasers of an approved and fitted LPG conversion of a motor vehicle. The scheme also includes a tax-free grant of $1000 to private purchasers of a new LPG dedicated or duel-fuel vehicle.

An LPG conversion is likely to amount to huge savings for most motorists. In fact, in taking up this offer, the average motorist could start to recoup the cost of the conversion and begin to save money at the pump in as little as four months.

The Scheme will operate through until June 30, 2014. Further information on the scheme can be obtained through the AusIndustry hotline on 132 846, Centrelink and Medicare offices or the AusIndustry website at

Saving you a trip to Medicare

The Australian Government is introducing a new electronic system for claiming Medicare rebates. This new system will mean that patients will no longer have to make the separate trip to a Medicare office.

Instead, the 80,000 Australians that queue up in a Medicare office each day waiting for a cash rebate will instead simply swipe their Medicare and bank cards at the doctors surgery and their rebate will be deposited into their bank account within 24 hours.

The Australian Government will be working with the private sector to get the new system up and running in the second half of 2007. This is a practical way that the Coalition is giving families back their own time and making claiming from Medicare even easier.

Rural youth survey

Rural youth are invited to have their say in an online survey. The survey is being conducted on behalf of the Australian Government and seeks to gain the views of young rural and regional Australians on issues that affect them.

The results of the survey will be used to develop ideas on how government, rural communities and young people can work to address these issues. The survey can be accessed by logging on to

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