Some reasons to vote Labor on September 7th.

A particularly appropriate summation of what the ALP has already done and looks likely to continue with, compared to what can be extracted from the Liberal-National Party.

Thanks to John Ward for posting this on The Political Sword which is always worth the read, particularly this week’s posting.

This list seems to be at odds with Tony Abbott’s account of waste and mismanagement, confusion and dysfunction.
Abbott is holding democracy in contempt by bombarding us with the the appeal to ignorance, to prejudice, and the brutality of the negative political campaign the lies and  misrepresentations, the repetitive slogans and half truths, that he has done, for the last three years.
Kevin Rudd has began the battle to persuade the people of our country to reject the lies and misrepresentations, the repetitive slogans and half truths of the Rupert Murdoch’s, the hard
right and the LNP under Abbott.
The people once again, take their future in hand, to once again embrace the cooperative, open, decency of the politics that has been the backbone of the Australian Labor Party for the last 121
years.
These policies will result in low- and middle-income earners paying billions of dollars more in tax while those on higher incomes receive billions in tax cuts and new benefits. Rather than take from the rich and give to the poor, the Coalition policies are a case of take from the poor and give to the rich. And this remains the case even taking into account the flow-on effects of the abolition of the carbon price and the funding of the Coalition’s paid maternity leave through a tax on big companies.

Look at what The Australian Labor Party have achieved! _And what the LNP plan to do to those achievements. They already plan to privatize or sell of Assets

ALP
· NBN (the real one) – total cost $37.4b (Government contribution: $30.4b)

LNP
Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and
privatise any sections that have already been built
Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship

ALP
· BER 7,920 schools: 10,475 projects. (completed at less than 3% dissatisfaction rate)
· Gonski – Education funding reform

LNP
Repeal the National Curriculum
Introduce competing private secondary school curriculum

ALP
· NDIS / Disability Care
· MRRT & aligned PRRT

LNP
Repeal the mining tax

ALP
· Won seat at the UN

LNP
Abandon Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

ALP
· Signed Kyoto

LNP
Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

ALP
· Signatory to Bali Process & Regional Framework
· Eradicated WorkChoices
· Established Fair Work Australian Labor Hub

LNP
Repeal the Fair Work Act
Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them
Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors

ALP
· Established Carbon Pricing/ETS (7% reduction in emissions since July last year)

LNP
Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it.

ALP
· Established National Network of Reserves and Parks
· Created world’s largest Marine Park Network
· Introduced Reef Rescue Program

LNP
Repeal the marine park Legislation

ALP
· National Apology
· Sorry to the Stolen Generation

LNP
Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

ALP
· Increased Superannuation from 9 to 12%

LNP
Abolish the low-income superannuation contribution. This will reimpose a 15 per cent tax on superannuation contributions for 3.6 million workers earning less than $37,000 will pay more than $4 billion extra in tax on their super over the next four years.
Abolish the proposed 15 percent tax on income from superannuation above $100,000 a year. The combined effect of these two superannuation changes is that 16,000 high-income earners with superannuation savings in excess of $2 million will get a tax cut
End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws. Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

ALP
· Changed 85 laws to remove discrimination against same sex couples

LNP
Defund Harmony Day

ALP
· Improvements to Sex Discrimination Act
· Introduced National Plan to reduce violence against women and children

LNP
End all government funded Nanny State advertising

ALP
· Introduced Plain packaging of cigarettes

LNP
Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other
products, including alcohol and fast food
Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling

ALP
· Legislated Equal pay (social & community workers up to 45% pay increases)
· Legislated Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave scheme

LNP
Introduce a paid parental leave scheme that replaces a mother’s salary up to $150,000. To put it crudely, this means a  low-income mum gets about $600 per week while a high-income mum gets close to $3000.
Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States

ALP
· Established $10b Renewable energy fund

LNP
Abolish the Clean Energy Fund
Abolish the Department of Climate Change
Repeal the renewable energy target

ALP
· Legislated Murray/Darling Basin plan (the first in a hundred years of trying.)

LNP
Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme
Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board
Encourage the construction of dams

ALP
· Increased Education funding by 50%
· Established direct electoral enrolment

LNP
Introduce voluntary voting
End mandatory disclosures on political donations
End media blackout in final days of election campaigns
End public funding to political parties

ALP
· Created 190,000 more University places

LNP
Introduce fee competition to Australian universities
Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities
Means test tertiary student loans

ALP
· Achieved 1:1 ratio, computers for year 9-12 students
· Established My School
· Established National Curriculum
· Established NAPLAN

LNP
Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools

ALP
· Increased Health funding by 50%

LNP
Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency
Abolish the means test on the private health insurance rebate. This will deliver a $2.4 billion tax cut over three years for individuals earning more than $84,001 a year, or couples earning more than $168,001. People on lower incomes will receive no benefit.
Repeal the alcopops tax

ALP
· Legislated Aged care package
· Legislated Mental health package
· Legislated Dental Care package
· Created 90 Headspace sites
· Created Medicare Locals Program

LNP
Means-test Medicare
Privatise Medibank
Privatise Australia Post
Privatise SBS
Cease funding the Australia Network
Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function
Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
End all public subsidies to sport and the arts
Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction
Privatise the CSIRO

ALP
· Created Aussie Jobs package
· Created Kick-Start Initiative (apprentices)
· Funded New Car plan (industry support)

LNP
Cease subsidising the car industry
End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

ALP
· Created Infrastructure Australian

LNP
Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database
End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering

ALP
· Established Nation Building Program (350 major projects)

LNP
Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:
Lower personal income tax for residents
Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states
Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold
Allow the Northern Territory to become a state

ALP
· Doubled Federal Roads budget ($36b) (7,000kms of roads)
· Rebuilding 1/3 of interstate rail freight network
· Committed more to urban passenger rail than any government since Federation
· Developed National Ports Strategy
· Developed National Land Freight Strategy
· Created the nations first ever Aviation White Paper
· Revitalized Australian Shipping
· Reduced transport regulators from 23 to 3 (saving $30b over 20years)
· Introduced NICS – infrastructure schedule
· Australia has moved from 20th in 2007 to 2nd on OECD infrastructure ranking
· Awarded International Infrastructure Minister of the Year (2012 Albanese)
· Awarded International Treasurer of the Year (2011 Swan)
· Introduced Anti-dumping and countervailing system reforms

LNP
Remove anti-dumping laws
Deregulate the parallel importation of books
Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade

ALP
· Legislated Household Assistance Package

LNP
Eliminate family tax benefits

ALP
· Introduced School Kids Bonus

LNP
Abolish the means-tested School kids Bonus that benefits 1.3 million families by providing up to $410 for each primary school child and up to $820 for each high school child.

ALP
· Increased Childcare rebate (to 50%)

LNP
Abolish the Baby Bonus

ALP
· Allocated $6b to Social Housing (20,000 homes)
· Provided $5b to Support for Homelessness
· Established National Rental Affordability Scheme ($4.5b)
· Introduced Closing the Gap
· Supports Act of Recognition for constitutional change
· Provided the highest pension increase in 100 years
· Created 900,000 new jobs
· Established National Jobs Board
. Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
· Allocated $9b for skills and training over 5 years
· Established Enterprise Connect (small business)
· Appointed Australia’s first Small Business Commissioner
· Introduced immediate write-off of assets costing less than $10,000 for Sm/Bus
· Introduced $10,000 immediate write-off for Small Business vehicles over $16,500
· Introduced Small business $1m loss carryback for tax rebate from previous year

LNP
Return income taxing powers to the states

ALP
· Legislated Australian Consumer law

LNP
Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

ALP
· Introduced a national levy to assist Queensland with reconstruction
. Abolish the First Home Owners’ Grant
· Standardised national definition of flood for Insurance purposes.
· Created Tourism 2020
· Completed Australia’s first feasibility study on high speed rail
· Established ESCAS (traceability and accountability in live animal exports)
· Established Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse
· Established National Crime Prevention Fund
· Lowered personal income taxes (Ave family now pays $3,500 less p.a. than 2007)
· Raised the tax-free threshold from $6,000 to $18,200

LNP
Lower the tax-free threshold from $18,200 to $6000. This will drag more than one million low-income earners back into the tax system. It will also increase the taxes for 6 million Australians earning less than $80,000.

ALP
· Australia now the richest per capita nation on earth
· First time ever Australia has three triple A credit ratings from all three credit agencies
· Low inflation
· Lowest interest rates in 60 years (Ave mortgagee paying $5,000 less p.a. than 2007)
· Low unemployment
· Lowest debt to GDP in OECD
· Australian dollar is now fifth most traded in the world and IMF Reserve Currency
· One of the world’s best performing economies during and since the GFC
· Australia now highest ranked for low Sovereign Risk
· Overseen the largest fiscal tightening in nations history (4.4%)

LNP
Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP

ALP
· 21 years of continuous economic growth (trend running at around 3%pa)
· 11 years of continuous wages growth exceeding CPI
· Increasing Productivity
· Increasing Consumer Confidence

LNP
Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification

AlP
. Record foreign investment
· Historic levels of Chinese/Australian bilateral relations
· First female Prime Minister
· First female Governor General
· First female Attorney General

LNP
Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced ‘
Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law
End local content requirements for Australian television stations
Eliminate media ownership restrictions
Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games

ALP
. A fiscal strategy to return to budget surpluses over the economic cycle without damaging its economy with austerity measures already proven to fail. A future linked to the National Broadband Network, renewable energy and greater productivity through higher education and infrastructure investment. Improved social equality and has a larger voice on the world stage.

All this (and more) despite a hung parliament, a recalcitrant press and the most negative and asinine Opposition since Federation.
In my view this has been one of the finest parliamentary periods in our history.

·2012 Albanese Awarded International Infrastructure Minister of the Year. Created Infrastructure Australia
· Established Nation Building Program (350 major projects)
· Doubled Federal Roads budget ($36b) (7,000kms of roads)
· Rebuilding 1/3 of interstate rail freight network
· Committed more to urban passenger rail than any government since Federation
· Developed National Ports Strategy
· Developed National Land Freight Strategy
· Created the nations first ever Aviation White Paper
· Revitalized Australian Shipping
· Reduced transport regulators from 23 to 3 (saving $30b over 20 years)
· Introduced NICS – infrastructure schedule
· Australia has moved from 20th in 2007 to 2nd on OECD infrastructure ranking
. Introduced a national levy to assist Queensland with reconstruction
· Standardised national definition of flood for Insurance purposes.

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