Ever since the party launched its campaign in Perth, Anthony Albanese has given Labor a better position than the Coalition on Climate, Housing and Health.
The pitch came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison hit back at the issue of online safety as he tried to win seats in Sydney.
Mr Albanese said the May 21 election was a choice between ‘shaping the future or being shaped by it’.
Launches at Perth’s Optus Stadium included new promises on affordable drugs, electric vehicle charging stations and equity for first home buyers.
“This government has been around for a decade and the problems we need to fix in the next three years will be even bigger,” Albanese said.
‘We can do better.’
Anthony Albanese ranks Labor better than the Coalition on Climate, Housing and Health as he makes five election promises in Perth campaign
Housing is likely to be a hot topic this week as the Reserve Bank is widely expected to raise the cash rate for the first time in 12 years on Tuesday.
Labor’s Help to Buy scheme will provide equity contributions of up to 40 percent of the purchase price of a new home and 30 percent of existing housing for 10,000 Australians.
The plan will enable savings of $380,000 for new homes and $285,000 for existing homes, costing between $550,000 and $950,000 depending on the state and region.
However, Mr Morrison said the approach was flawed.
“They (the labor government) will keep equity in your house and as your equity increases, they will keep it,” he said.
Labor also chose the Coalition on Drugs, declaring a drugs on drug benefit plan would cost a maximum of $30, with a reduction of $12.50 for general patients.
Speaking at Perth’s Optus Stadium, Mr Albanese also vowed to tackle the gender pay gap problem
Gender pay equity will become an objective in the Fair Work Act and there will be more electric-vehicle charging stations.
Broadly speaking, Mr. Albanese said that labor will bring the principles of universal, affordable and quality service to child care and aged care.
‘For too long, our youngest Australians and our oldest Australians and their families have been with a broken system … I will make it the Labor government’s mission to fix it.’
Mr Morrison announced the Coalition’s blueprint to improve online security, an issue he wants to raise globally if re-elected – at the G20 summit in Bali.
Big technology will be needed to build advanced security controls into their devices that are easy for parents to use and hard for kids to bypass.
The e-Security Commissioner will work with Apple, Samsung and others to design device settings and binding codes under the Online Security Act.
If the industry does not create these controls within 12 months of the government coming back, it will force companies to comply with the rules.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese also plans to address the House’s incompetence if elected.
On macroeconomic issues, when asked what the Coalition would do about rising grocery prices, Mr Morrison said he had already halved the petrol tax, provided cash payments to pensioners, and, starting July 1. have decided to do. Income tax exemption has been applied for.
He said the war on Europe and the ongoing impact on supply chains of the Covid pandemic were the major pressures on inflation.
Mr Morrison said, ‘The Labor Party thinks they have a Harry Potter wand that you can raise in the government and it changes the price of lettuce – it’s ridiculous.
‘This reflects a complete lack of understanding of what is causing the price change.’
Mr Morrison held a local campaign rally in Reid’s seat, as Liberal strategists feared a loss of seats for Labor and independent candidates in Sydney.
The most recent opinion polls average puts Labor at 54 percent of the two-party preferred vote – which if repeated on Election Day would yield a comfortable majority.
Mr Morrison and Mr Albanese will participate in other leaders’ debates on 8 May.
Labor campaign announced
Launching the party’s campaign in Perth, Labor leader Anthony Albanese unveiled new policies on health, housing and equality.
* The Help to Buy scheme will provide equity contributions of up to 40 percent of the purchase price of a new home and 30 percent of existing housing for 10,000 Australians.
* This plan enables savings of up to $380,000 for new homes and $285,000 for existing homes, costing between $550,000 and $950,000 depending on state and territory.
* Australians will be able to buy an additional stake in a five percent increase in a federal government-owned home or pay back to the government if sold.
* Homebuyers will avoid lenders’ mortgage insurance, but will still require a two percent deposit and qualify for a standard loan.
* Australians with taxable income up to $90,000 for individuals and up to $120,000 for couples can use this plan.
* The plan will cost about $329 million over four years.
* Labor will also set up a National Housing Supply and Affordability Council.
* Drugs on the Drug Benefit Plan deductible from $12.50, bringing the maximum price of listed drugs to $30.
* Labor will build more electric vehicle charging stations across Australia through a $39.3 million investment matched by NRMA.
* Up to $80 million to deliver up to 16 hydrogen stations on Australia’s busiest freight routes.
* Many electric vehicles will be exempted from import duty and fringe benefits tax.
*Driving Labor Nation will double the fund to $500 million, allowing the Commonwealth to co-invest in additional EV chargers as well as in hydrogen and biofuel refueling infrastructure.
* Labor will use $1 billion as part of its $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund to develop value-added products from Australian resources.
* Minerals such as lithium and nickel used in the batteries will be processed in Australia.
* One in every 10 jobs at federally funded workplaces will be filled by apprentices or apprentices.
* Gender pay equity will become an object of the Fair Work Act.
The Fair Work Commission’s powers will be extended to order pay increases for those working in low-wage, women-oriented industries.