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Queensland girls in public schools will have access to free period products in the June budget

Girls in all public schools in Queensland will soon have access to free menstrual products.

The state government will announce the measure in the June 21 budget.

“Access to free vintage products can make a real difference for children, especially students whose families are struggling, have unstable housing, or are fleeing domestic and family violence,” Premier Annastacia tweeted. Palaszczuk Tuesday morning.

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The initiative goes beyond the Labor Party’s 2020 election pledge to provide the free products to just 120 schools, with beneficiary schools chosen through an application process.

This policy was criticized at the time by the opposition LNP as affecting less than 10% of schools in Queensland.

Meanwhile, the state government announced an increase in betting taxes to 20%, funneling most of that revenue to the state racing regulator in the upcoming budget.

Treasurer Cameron Dick said on Monday that the consumption tax point on betting companies will rise from 15% to 20% and be expanded to include free and bonus bets in this month’s budget.

The proportion of government betting tax revenue going to the regulator Racing Queensland will also rise from 35% to 80%.

Dick says the new levy will ensure that multinational betting companies financially support Queensland’s racing industry.

“This is about leveling the playing field when it comes to betting operators in Queensland and ensuring that the businesses that make a profit, the businesses that profit from our vital and growing racing industry pay their fair share. and invest in the future of racing.” ” he said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (second left) and Treasurer Cameron Dick (centre) will present the state budget on June 21. Credit: Darren England/AAP

The Treasury expects Racing Queensland to receive around $80m in annual funding, which will be used for infrastructure, clubs, breeding programs and prize money, up from $32.5m in 2020/21.

Dick last week announced a deficit of less than $1.7 billion in 2022-23 due to rising stamp duties, taxes and fossil fuel royalties.

That’s down from the $2.4 billion deficit projected in the Treasurer’s Budget Update in December.

Dick attributed Queensland’s rebound to fewer lockdowns than their southern neighbours, saying it would be just a tenth of Victoria’s $17billion deficit.

– With PAA