Federal Election 2010 – The Issues TONY ABBOTT VS. JULIA GILLARD By Rachael Harwood and Adriana Traviati
-JULIA GILLARD cont.- Cleaner future: The federal labor government is committed to ensuring the future energy generation in Australia is cleaner and greener and that we don’t build generation capacity which is not consistent with the low pollution economy of the future. Health: The Gillard Labor Government is delivering a National Health and Hospitals Network, to provide better health and better hospitals for Australian working families. Technology: The NBN will deliver affordable, high speed broadband services to all Australians, no matter where they live or work. The National Broadband Network will extend optical fiber to 93 per cent of premises, with speeds of 100 megabits per second – 100 times faster than many people experience today. Other communities will be served by next generation wireless and satellite technologies, with average data rates more than 20 times higher than most users of these technologies experience today.
Building more sustainable cities: The Gillard Labor Government will invest $200 million to help build up to 15,000 more affordable homes in regional cities over three years and relieve pressure on our major capital cities, so that Australia can grow sustainably.
Education: The Gillard Labor Government’s vision is to make every school a great school – because in the 21st century, a great school and a great education are the keys that unlock an individual’s potential and the nation’s future. Only with world class schools can we build a high-productivity, high-participation economy that gives all Australians the opportunity of rewarding and satisfying work.
Cadetship: The Gillard Labor Government will ensure that students at school who want to pursue a career in the trades have a clearly defined pathway, equal in quality, value and rigor to more traditional academic pursuits.
Economy: Labour turned a $20 Billion Dollar surplus into a record debt with no plan to pay it back. This affects Australian families who are paying Labour’s record debt with higher interest rates and living costs. Health premiums rise due to Labour’s $300 Million Medibank Private raid.
National Security: People Smugglers thrive under Labour’s soft rules and an 800% increase in smuggling from Indonesia to Australia. And it is expected that people smuggler will thrive under labour’s soft touch.
Education: labour has left 20,000 students in inner regional areas unable to financially access tertiary education via the removal of the Youth Allowance. Labour has wasted around 8 billion dollars in education because of supplying too much autonomy and giving money to ‘school halls’ instead of investing it into the school’s principals for more advised spending. With labour’s reckless spending, the rise of living costs are already at a peak and Julia Gillard’s plan to hoist up non-government school fees will send parents into downfall. Gillard’s new plan of the SES (socio economic status) of school community funding is simply a grab at election votes and will waste billions of dollars in the education industry.
-JULIA GILLARD ISSUES cont. -
Health: premiums will rise due to Labour’s $300 Million Medibank Private raid that will put pressure on families and cause the nation and health industry to pay for her spending and deficit. There is also a 1.9 billion dollar hole in Labour’s health plan as Gillard plans to introduce4 a means test that will drive many Australians out of private health insurance. This will cause 1.7 million Australians unable to have health insurance.
Seniors: 15,000 aged care nurses in Queensland and NSW pay is being cut by up to $300 per week that will encourage many nurses to quit their aged care jobs. When they complained, the only advice Julia gave was “talk to your union”. This is apparently known as “modernisation”.
Economy: Liberal plans to take action to end wasteful spending with a strong coalition between The Nationals and The Liberals . Focuses on the workplace productivity, Encouraging Enterprise, Budget policy containing Fiscal Conservatism and Sustainability.
National Security: Liberal plans to stop the boats and discourage people smuggling into Australia by implementing policies that deter refugees. The coalition will provide $179 million dollars over a course of four years in order to tackle gangs, knife crime and to create safer communities. Will broaden the health and dental care for the Australian Defence Force and their families to about $77.5 million dollars. Will support a growing Police Force and implement new strategies for Airport security and immigration ports
Education: Thousands of students can benefit from the Coalition Youth Allowance when their parents combined income is under $150,000 per annum and they live in poorer areas. The liberals are concentrating on tertiary and Tafe educations and allowing disadvantaged families to access further education and encourage even chances. The liberals will ‘protect choice’ of the parents and state that they will not punish parents for investing in the education and futures of the next generation of Australians.
-TONY ABBOTT cont.-
Health Services: Introduction of the $85 million dollar Community Health Fund that is tailored to the specific needs of each community and what they want from their healthcare. The main aim is to fill the gaps made by labour’s health plans and fufill the wishes of the community in their healthcare. Liberal also plans to support the mental health and psychology clinics in order to allow Australians to live with a sound mind. This will influence new MRI equipment, CT and PET scanners and Capital upgrades of health infrastructure. The liberals also plan to fund 7 million dollars over 4 years to Northern Tasmania in the cancer industry. The liberals successfully prevented the introduction of the means test for Private Health Insurance that would have seen 1.7 million Australians without health insurance.
Seniors: The coalition will provide $935 million dollars into the aged care facilities in Australia and the convalescent care program will provide $300 million over four years to provide 20,000 older Australians waiting in hospital to return home. Will create a meals-on-wheels program for Australians who live alone and will promote $22 million dollars into promoting Senior wellbeing and implementing it throughout Australia.
-TONY ABBOTT ISSUES-
1. Education: he ripped almost $1 billion from apprenticeship training programs. When combined with cuts he has already announced, this would abolish 461,000 places for apprentices, trainees and other workers trying to build their skills to get and keep a good job. It would also mean more than 80,000 people who are currently in training, apprenticeships and traineeships will have public funding for their training cut part way through. Tony Abbott didn’t stop at apprentices though – he also ripped $330 million from the Smarter Schools National Partnership for the most disadvantaged schools in Australia. This is the equivalent of almost 1000 teachers per year and will mean reduced funding for 1,270 government, 181 Catholic and 91 Independent schools. Our disadvantaged schools need more help, not less help. That’s why Federal Labor is going to reward schools that deliver the greatest improvements across a number of different areas and reward our hardworking teachers. Mr. Abbott is also cutting $227 million in funding to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds accessing university. This cut to universities will hit over 200,000 students each year from disadvantaged backgrounds – denying support for them to go to university.
-Tony Abbott ISSUES cont. -
2. This week Mr. Abbott, Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb are running fast to explain the $10.6 billion black hole in their election costings. Despite refusing to get their policies properly costed by Treasury during the election campaign, this black hole proves what we knew all along, that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey had something to hide and are not fit to manage the economy.
3. Tax: If there was any single indication that Tony Abbott doesn’t understand economics and cost of living pressures, it'll be his persistence to push forward his new 1.5 per cent tax on business.
By his own admission, Tony Abbott has acknowledged this tax will push up prices but that ‘nobody will much notice’.
Bibliography LIBERAL PARTY OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.liberal.org.au/Latest-News/2010/08/02/People-smugglers-thrive-under-Labor.aspx LABOUR PARTY OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.alp.org.au/agenda/tax-reform-a-tax-plan-for-our-future/ GOOGLE: www.google.com