As we prepare for Australia Day, I have taken the opportunity to reflect on what being an Australian means to me.

I am enormously proud to be an Australian. The physical beauty of our country stirs my spirit, the big blue horizon that seems to go on forever which reflects that there should be no limit to our ambition as a nation. I love driving at sunset, seeing the dusk through the gumtrees. One of the great parts of my job is meeting Australians from across the country who have taken a chance, had a go and are world class in their field, be it business, art, science or sport. Having travelled across the world, I know that, no matter where you go, you will find an Australian working hard and doing a fantastic job.

I believe our country brings together the best elements and attitudes from around the world. As one of the six oldest continuous democracies in the world, we should all take pride in how our democratic achievement. You may know that I am passionate about the Australian Constitution – it has allowed us to build a nation where Australians, no matter where they were born, can strive, succeed and provide a future for their families.

On Australia Day, I will have the honour of attending citizenship ceremonies in the electorate and welcoming our newest citizens into our community. One of Australia’s greatest strengths is our community spirit, best represented by the thousands of volunteers who work hard each day to give us all essential services and support. Our community in Berowra is a particularly strong and active one and I am extremely proud to celebrate and to represent it.

I hope you and your family enjoy the celebrations this Australia Day and I encourage you to pause and reflect on what an incredible country we call our home.

Parliament resumes with three sitting weeks in February. Among other legislation, the Government will be seeking to pass the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill. This Bill will reduce the corporate tax rate for small business to 27.5 per cent and progressively further reduce the corporate tax rate in stages so that, by 2026-27, the corporate tax rate will be 25 per cent. Over time, these reduced rates will be extended to all corporate tax entities. The Bill will also increase the small business income tax offset to 16 per cent; enable small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million to access most small business tax concessions and allow small businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $5 million to access the small business income tax offset.

This is an important reform for small business and I will speak in Parliament in support of the Bill. I know how hard small business people work to make to make their businesses a success. Tax cuts will allow them to reinvest in their businesses, to expand and to employ more staff.

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