I pay tribute to Mr John Fraser who after three and a half years has resigned his role as Secretary of the Department of Treasury.
During his tenure as Secretary to the Treasury we have seen major economic reform, most notably personal tax relief for all Australians and more competitive tax rates for small and family-owned businesses.
I am particularly thankful for the work we conducted on the housing affordability package announced in last year’s budget. This package – along with further reforms in this year’s budget – have provided greater access for aspiring new home owners, greater supply of affordable housing and stability in the market.
On a personal note I thank John for his valued insights, advice and friendship. I wish him well in retirement and all future endeavours.
Finally, I congratulate Mr Philip Gaetjens on his appointment as the next Secretary of the Department of Treasury.
I look forward to working with Philip in the future as the Government works towards improving the lives of all Australians.