Although the Government’s Economic Statement made for less than cheerful reading, one positive was the decision to defer the cap on work-related self-education expenses until July 2005.

Expenses incurred by people undertaking short courses and professional training to further their careers or gain new skills has traditionally been covered by tax deductions. However, a Gillard Government proposal sought to limit claimable self-education expenses to $2,000 per person per year. The construction industry was united in their opposition…