Labor will form the next parliament of Australia after winning the 2022 federal election.
Led by Anthony Albanese, Labor have made pledges to deliver on several issues. Here is where they stand on the major ones.
Labor’s aged care policy, launched in Anthony Albanese’s budget reply speech, focuses on five main areas.
It promised to have a registered nurse on site at all times of the day.
It would require staff to spend at least three hours and 35 minutes with each resident — in line with the aged care royal commission’s recommendation.
Labor did not specify how many minutes each resident would have with a registered nurse per day but said each resident would have “more time with a registered nurse”.
It said it would deliver more staff to the sector and says Labor supports the push for an increase to workers’ wages and will fully fund any increase.
Labor says it will create a National Anti-Corruption Commission by the end of the year.
They said it would cover alleged corruption by politicians and by public servants.
Labor’s model would have public hearings for everyone — including politicians — unless there was a good reason not to.
The commission would also have the power to start its own investigations and not wait for a matter to be referred to it.
It would also be able to investigate things that happened in the past.
Labor promised more generous subsidies pretty much across the board — including locking in the government’s changes for second and additional children.
It would also raise the maximum subsidy rate to cap it at 90 per cent for the first child in care.
Labor’s long-term goal is to provide a universal, 90 per cent subsidy to all families.
The family income threshold would be lifted from $354,305 to $530,000 and there would also be no annual cap.
It would cost $5.4 billion over four years.
Labor has committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and a 2030 target of 43 per cent.
Its plan includes investing in green metal production — metals produced using renewable energy — making electric cars cheaper, upgrading the electricity grid to allow it to handle more renewable energy and installing community batteries and solar banks around the country.
Labor is pretty much in lock-step with the Coalition on Defense spending.
Anthony Albanese has said a Labor government will not let Defense spending fall below the Coalition’s target of 2 per cent of GDP, but did not put a figure on how much they would spend on the ADF if it wins the election.
Labor also promised an independent “Defence Posture Review” into Australia’s military resources and strategy.
Labor promised to create 20,000 new university places with a focus on areas where there are currently skills shortages.
It would also offer more enrollments for students from regional and remote areas, First Nations students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Labor’s pledged to cover the cost of 465,000 TAFE spots over the next four years, which would include 45,000 new places.
It’d spend $50 million upgrading IT systems, workshops and labs nationally as well.
On apprenticeships, as part of Labor’s plan it would pay for 10,000 new apprenticeships for people training in renewables or other clean-energy jobs.
Labor is promising to introduce tax breaks for electric cars which would save people about $2,000 on a $50,000 vehicle.
The policy would cost $200 million over three years and would work by exempting some electric vehicles (EVs) below the luxury-car tax threshold of $79,659 from import tariffs and fringe benefits tax.
If businesses provided the same car to an employee through a work scheme the company could save up to $9,000 a year.
The discount would begin from July this year and be reviewed in three years’ time to reassess the take-up down the track.
Labor plans to effectively scrap the Coalition’s agriculture visa and instead set up a new agriculture stream within the existing Pacific Australia Labor Mobility (PALM) scheme.
The party said it will pay the up-front travel costs of Pacific workers traveling to Australia.
Labor plans to ban farmers from exporting live sheep.
Labor has promised to set aside $500 million from its National Reconstruction Fund to help the agriculture sector diversify and enter new markets.
Labor also promised to return 450 gigalitres of water from the Murray Darling Basin to the environment, leaving less for farming and other industries.
Labor has pledged to deliver funding to strengthen Australia’s biosecurity system but has not said how much it plans to spend.
They pledged to spend $7.5 million over four years on 20 extra biosecurity dogs and trainers to guard against disease.
Labor went slightly further than the Coalition, promising to lower the cost of medicines by $12.50 to a maximum cost of $30.
It promised to fund 50 “urgent care clinics” which it says will take the pressure off hospital emergency departments.
The centers will cost $135 million over four years and will be based on GP surgeries and centers.
They’ll be open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm.
It has also promised to match the Coalition’s continuous glucose monitoring device and Seniors Health Card expansion promises.
Labor’s main housing policy was a new “shared-equity” scheme, that would see it essentially buying 30 or 40 per cent of a property with the owner.
That percentage of the property could then be bought off the government by the home owner over time.
Labor committed to creating a regional housing scheme with 10,000 places a year.
It also suggested the price caps on houses were too low and committed to reviewing them immediately if elected.
Labor also promised to create a $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, with the returns on investment being used to build 30,000 new social and affordable houses, some of which will be allocated to frontline workers and women fleeing domestic violence.
It said it would match the Coalition’s proposal to lower the age at which people can put money from selling their house into super to incentivise people downsizing.
Labor looks set to proceed with most Coalition infrastructure projects that are under way.
But it plans to save $750 million by abolishing the Coalition’s new Regionalization Fund and cutting funding from the invitation-only Community Development Grants Program.
There are few publicly available details about the Regionalization Fund and the guidelines are not due to be released until July.
Labor’s election costings list $367.2 million in new spending for “Infrastructure Projects” but its pledges far exceed that.
For example, Labor promised to put $500 million in its first budget for high-speed rail on the east coast and spend $2.2 billion on the Victorian government’s suburban rail loop project.
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Labor has promised to review and reform the scheme to ensure plans are not “arbitrarily cut”.
It also wants to lift the staffing cap at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), which oversees the scheme, review the use of external lawyers and consultants, streamline the process for initial plans, improve service delivery in regional Australia and work with people with disability on any future changes to the scheme.
Labor matched both the Coalition’s policies on freeze deeming rates for pensioners and other payments for two years as well as expanding the eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card by raising the income threshold.
Labor supports boat turn-backs and offshore processing centers.
But Labor opposes the use of temporary protection visas, because, it argues it keeps refugees in a state of limbo.
The party did not comment on whether it would lift the number of humanitarian visas offered a year, but has previously supported offering more place to refugees from Afghanistan, Ukraine and Syria.
Taxes and tax cuts
Labor announced last year it would support the final stage of the tax cuts if it wins the election, meaning regardless of who wins, billions of dollars will flow to wealthy Australians.
Labor said it would not introduce any new taxes except for multinationals, but did promise to close loopholes for big international corporations which it says would create almost $2 billion in revenue over four years.
Labor committed to the $4.5 billion upgrade plan already under way.
It has also promised to spend a further $2.4 billion expanding full-fibre NBN access to an additional 1.5 million premises by 2025.
Labor’s election costings document says it will decide how to pay for this pledge in consultation with the NBNCo.
Labor promised $480 million for a fixed-wireless upgrade to help regional customers.
Labor also promised $656 million for regional telecommunications initiatives, including money to provide multi-carrier mobile coverage on roads with coverage black spots.
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