Thomas GeorgeMember for Lismore- State Matters
Phone: 6621 3624
Fax: 6622 1403
Address: PO Box 52, Lismore, NSW, 2480
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs visit
The Lismore electorate was recently visited by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Milton Orkopoulos. Amongst other commitments, the Minister spent time with Goonellabah Public School students and presented an award to Associate Professor Stephen Schnierer from SCU for his work protecting indigenous biodiversity, raising awareness of indigenous environmental knowledge and for establishing the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. Congratulations to Professor Schnierer on receiving this important award.
Cutting payroll tax
To help address the enormous payroll tax burden on NSW businesses, the NSW Coalition has committed to cutting payroll tax by up to $15,000 for more than 22,000 NSW businesses and exempting more than 4500 NSW businesses from paying payroll tax at all.
This commitment is especially welcome on the Far North Coast, where small businesses are competing with the much lower business taxes offered across the border in Queensland.
Payroll tax remains a major regulatory and cost burden for NSW businesses and major changes to the current regime to allow NSW businesses to rebuild business confidence, encourage business investment and foster jobs growth.
The payroll tax cuts and exemptions will be achieved by raising the tax free threshold on annual payrolls from $600,000 to $850,000.
Congratulatory messages reminder
As most people would be aware when you turn 100 you receive a letter from Queen. But did you also know that a letter can also be sent for couples celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary? For those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary or 90th birthday messages can be arranged from the Prime Minister, Governor-General, Premier and Governor.
If you or family members are commemorating any of these important milestones, please contact my office and we will make arrangements for letters to be sent for your familys special occasion.