Being involved in the passing of the $158 billion tax relief package was a real highlight for Cowper MP Pat Conaghan.
Low and middle income workers earning up to $126,000 will receive up to $1080, or $2160 for dual income couples, with the increased tax relief to apply from the 2018-19 income year.
In a community like ours, Mr Conaghan said, the tax relief would make a real difference.
The Bill has also locked in other tax relief measures.
"To have that [legislation] go through in the first week, I think it really hit home to me the role that I've undertaken," he said.
"You can actually make positive changes that affect people in our community."
Port Macquarie worker James Schaefer said he could see the benefits in the tax relief but he thought it was a transparent distraction from the real issues such as climate change.
"It will definitely be an economic boost, fingers crossed," he said.
"It depends on who gets that money - not everybody will get the same amount."
The federal government says an ultimate boost in household spending will be good for the economy.
The tax relief measures were early on the agenda for the newly elected 46th parliament.
Mr Conaghan has been officially sworn in and is focused on the job of representing the people of Cowper.
He retained the seat of Cowper for The Nationals at the May 18 federal election after Luke Hartsuyker's retirement.
The electorate stretches from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour.
The MP cites the support in the electorate since the election as another highlight.
Addressing youth unemployment across Cowper is on the top of Mr Conaghan's priority list.
A committee bringing together community and industry representatives has been established ahead a youth unemployment summit in Coffs Harbour.
There are intentions of mirroring the process further south with a combined summit covering Port Macquarie and Kempsey.
Access to aged care and access to GP services are also among Mr Conaghan's priorities.
He said more doctors were needed in Kempsey, South West Rocks and Gladstone.
When it comes to home care, Mr Conaghan says more service providers and assessors are required.
The home care program provides older people with access to services to support them living at home.
Mr Conaghan welcomed plans for a referendum within the next three years in a step to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution.
"I think it's about time," he said.
"I think most Australians want the referendum and I certainly can't predict what the result will be, but me personally, I'm certainly in favour of it."
Meanwhile, the deeming rate for the pension is under scrutiny.
Mr Conaghan believes the issue needs to be addressed immediately.
He said that would give pensioners more choices and perhaps a few luxuries in life.
Deeming rules are used to work out income from financial assets.
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