Who are the major national parties, and what have they done for you?
THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
– Abolished work choices
– Increased hospital funding by 50 per cent
– More help for pensioners
– Decisive action during the GFC
– Getting the budget back in black three years early
– Establishing a single national school curriculum
– Investing in new cancer research and treatment
– 1000 new nurse training places and 1300 new GPs
– Building Trade Training Centres in high schools
– Investment in renewable energy and infrastructure
– Tax cuts in the last three budgets
– Building the NBN
– Creating 235 000 new training places.
THE LIBERAL PARTY
– Eliminated more than $96 billion of government debt
– Restored Australia’s AAA credit rating
– Delivered jobs
– Higher wages
– Higher pensions
– Funding for health, education, defence and transport
– Productive workplaces
– 10,000 local green jobs in the economic stimulus package
– Fuel efficiency incentives for luxury cars
– An extra $30 a week for pensioner
– Inclusion of Exclusive Brethren businesses in the Fair Work law
– $50 million for public health
– Protection of youth allowance payments for gap year students
– Continued Medicare funded dental treatments for patients with chronic illness
– Protection for thousands of wind and solar jobs by fixing the renewable energy target
– Negotiating into the economic stimulus package a $400 million into a Local Jobs package
– Secured Parliament’s support for a review of foreign investment in agriculture and water assets
– Established a Senate inquiry into the Water Act
– Established a dams taskforce to develop proposals for new investment in dams
– Introduced a Private Member’s Bill to minimise the risk of fire blight and other pests and diseases to the Australian apple industry
– Led the fight to restore the live cattle export trade to Indonesian abattoirs with acceptable welfare standards
– Led the fight to restore Independent Youth Allowance eligibility to students in regional areas
– Introduced legislation to provide more control to indigenous communities on the regulation of Wild Rivers
Julia Gillard has recently received a boost in the polls; but what are the polls, and who controls them?
There are two primary polling organisations in politics; Nielsen and Newspoll. These two polls survey the opinions and political climate of contemporary Australia to assess approval rating of Prime Ministers, and potential Prime Ministers, as well as the approval ratings for given policies. These polls can give you an indication about the popularity of different leaders and general social approval of different policies. The higher the number, the more popular a leader or policy is, and the more people are willing to vote for it.
An example of a Neilsen Poll demonstrating population voting preferences. Source: The Age.
ALP: Brought the carbon tax through Parliament and are in support of it. ALP is considering scaling back the tax. ALP believe the tax will set Australia up with an economic structure that will allow for shifts to a more environmentally and socially sustainable future.
LIB/NAT: Do not support. They believe the carbon tax will cause an increase
in overall household costs and will not be a viable system of economic functioning.GREENS: Support environmental change and a price on carbon. Not willing to renegotiate to form a scaled-back carbon tax.
INDEPENDENT (OAKESHOTT): Supports the carbon tax, however he wants the floor price to be removed. The floor price would determine how low the price would go.
INDEPENDENT (WILKIE): Supports the carbon tax.
INDEPENDENT (WINDSOR): Supports the carbon tax.
KATTER’S AUSTRALIAN PARTY: Opposed to carbon tax. Supports renewable energies (such as ethanol).
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