Australia’s Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese said he was committed to unifying the country as leader of the first Labor government in a decade.
In his election victory speech, he said: “Every parent wants more for the next generation than they already have. My mother dreamed of a better life for me. And I hope that my journey in life will inspire Australians to reach for the stars. ”
During the campaign, his Labor Party made a series of promises that he thought would help voters deliver on that.
The party insists that increased spending will boost the country’s economic growth, and sets out a vision to boost domestic production.
Labor said it would work with businesses to invest in manufacturing and renewable energy to create more Australian jobs, and pledged to create a $15 billion national rebuilding fund.
To balance the budget, it identified savings measures, such as limiting tax avoidance by multinational corporations.
It said it would also mandate the Australian Public Authority to hire more public servants instead of using consultants and contractors.
There is also a pledge to cut funding for community and regional grant programs.
But Mr Albanese is particularly focused on improving the care sector, which includes childcare, aged care and Medicare, the country’s universal health insurance scheme.
Labor promises to make it easier to see a doctor and set up 50 urgent care clinics. It means paying medical facilities to extend their opening hours and treatment ranges, to keep patients with minor injuries and illnesses out of emergency departments.
Babysitting would be cheaper, allowing working parents to continue their jobs and careers. Party finance spokeswoman Katy Gallagher acknowledged it could be a high-cost scheme but insisted it would encourage economic growth by attracting more parents back to work.
Labor also promised to match Scott Morrison’s coalition raising childcare allowance to 30 per cent for families with two or more children, and proposed expanding benefits to families with only one child. I babysit. The party also said it would extend subsidies to well-off families.
Regarding housing, officials promised to build 20,000 social housing units within five years through the Housing Futures Fund Australia.
But globally, the most eye-catching difference between Labor and the coalition is evidence of the party’s climate and glorified activists.
Mr Morrison, known for his support of coal mining, once brought a lump of coal into parliament and refused to pledge to stop using fossil fuels.
After devastating wildfires in 2019-2020, his government was accused by scientists of being “intentionally negligent when it comes to climate” and failing to protect biodiversity.
Labor has a target of cutting greenhouse gases by 43 percent by 2030, which business groups support, but environmentalists say the figure should be closer to 60 to 75 percent.
Albanese wants to spend $20 billion on fast-tracking needed upgrades to the national grid for renewable energy.
Limits on pollution by the largest industrial emitters will also be tightened.
The party has also pledged to end the export of live sheep – a trade that is shrinking and seen as causing extreme suffering.
The new government will face scrutiny for making good on all such pledges.
After the election results were announced, which also showed the interests of the Greens and independents, former Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said there was now a clear message on climate action from voters. tri.
Environmentalist Bill McKibben tweeted: “In a largely contested climate election, Australia ousted the prime minister who brought a lump of coal to parliament.
“A huge victory for the Greens and for the activists who have been fighting for decades – and it will matter to the world.”