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Firm measures in place to stop people rorting HomeBuilder scheme: Frydenberg
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says there will be firm measures in place to ensure its new HomeBuilder scheme is not taken advantage of by people attempting to rort the system. The Morrison government has unveiled its $688 million HomeBuilder scheme, offering $25,000 grants to Australians wanting to build a new home or make major renovations. The scheme is part of the government’s plan to turbo-charge the construction industry as part of its recovery from the coronavirus crisis. To prevent people rorting the system, Mr Frydenberg told Sky News “builders will have to demonstrate that the price they’re offering is based on the price of a comparable product from July last year”. “We’re absolutely focussed on putting in place good integrity,” he said. “We know a lot of people have stood on the sidelines planning or preparing to build or renovate but because of the economic times they were just not going to go ahead with those plans, so this is designed to increase that activity when the sector needs it most.” Mr Frydenberg said the government believed the HomeBuilder scheme would see “hundreds of thousands of people get work”.
Palaszczuk’s border shutdown decimates Gold Coast tourism
The Gold Coast is facing further economic downturn as only three flights are permitted to travel to Sydney, all of which are designated for essential service workers or those travelling on compassionate grounds. No flights are yet available for those wishing to travel from the Gold Coast to regional areas across the state, flying in the face of the state government’s message to embrace regional travel in an effort to boost the economy. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced there would be more flights scheduled between Brisbane and the Whitsundays from June 22, with fares as low as $99 following a deal brokered with Alliance Airlines. Qld is unlikely to see the return of interstate flights until state borders are reopened, which the Premier indicated might not be until September. Image: News Corp Australia
Govt unveils $688 million HomeBuilder scheme
Australians wanting to build a new home or make major renovations will now be eligible for $25,000 grants to turbo-charge the construction industry during the COVID-19 recovery. Facing a 50 per cent decline in new house builds, the government is unveiling its $688 milion HomeBuilder scheme, due to begin in July and wrap up by the end of the year. To be eligible, individual applicants must earn less than $125,000 a year, or $200,000 for couples. They must also sign a contract between July and December, and the new home can only be worth up to $750,000. Those wanting to renovate, must spend at least $150,000 dollars on the work. Compliance checks will be carried out by state revenue offices, to ensure no-one is rorting the program. Despite welcoming support from the building industry, Labor is pushing the government to include social housing in the stimulus package.
Pub catches unusual intruder on CCTV
A Cairns publican has finally solved the mystery of who – or what – had been setting off the alarms at his hotel overnight.
Curious Goats Explore Empty Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Two goats at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore took an adventurous stroll to meet other animals and explore the empty facility during its closure prompted by the coronavirus. The Maryland Zoo shared this footage on June 1 that shows the goats visiting alpacas and river otters. The footage also shows the goats checking out other areas of the zoo they may not normally be exposed to. The video was part of the #ClosedButStillCaring campaign, meant to show that zookeepers are still caring for the animals despite closures. Credit: Maryland Zoo via Storyful
Three assisting officers charged in George Floyd’s death: prosecutor
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Wednesday said he amended his charge for Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree murder and said the three other officers have been charged aiding and abetting in the death George Floyd last week, an unarmed black man.
Calls mount for JobKeeper to be extended as Australia enters recession
The government has been called on to extend its six-month JobKeeper support package as Australia enters its first recession in almost 30 years. Gross Domestic Product fell 0.3 per cent in the first quarter after the summer bushfires and the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Two consecutive quarters of negative growth is deemed a recession with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stating he expected the June figures to be much worse than March. "Clearly, with this once-in-a-century pandemic, the impact on the economy has been very severe, the impact in the June quarter will be even more severe, but we've climbed this mountain before, we'll climb it again," he said. The Treasurer said the government would announce any changes to JobKeeper when it reviewed the scheme in July. Image: News Corp Australia
Govt unveils $688 milion HomeBuilder scheme
Australians wanting to build a new home or make major renovations will now be eligible for $25,000 grants to turbo-charge the construction industry during the COVID-19 recovery. Facing a 50 per cent decline in new house builds, the government is unveiling its $688 milion HomeBuilder scheme, due to begin in July and wrap up by the end of the year. To be eligible, individual applicants must earn less than $125,000 a year, or $200,000 for couples. They must also sign a contract between July and December, and the new home can only be worth up to $750,000. Those wanting to renovate, must spend at least $150,000 dollars on the work. Compliance checks will be carried out by state revenue offices, to ensure no-one is rorting the program. Despite welcoming support from the building industry, Labor is pushing the government to include social housing in the stimulus package.
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