Labor election campaign launch: Anthony Albanese makes five key promises
Anthony Albanese made five key election promises at the launch of Labor’s election campaign in Perth, including a major shift in the cost of drugs.
Anthony Albanese has promised that a Labor government will make medicines cheaper for millions of Australians.
Launching Labor’s election campaign in Perth on Sunday, the opposition leader vowed to cut the cost of PBS drugs by $ 12.50 making it cheaper for generic patients.
It means the maximum price for PBS drugs will be $ 30.
“The price of drugs has increased under the Morison government, just as the cost of seeing a doctor has increased,” Albanese said.
“Medicare will be getting stronger under Labor.”
The pledge exceeds the Coalition’s pledge to spend $ 150 million to reduce the drug’s maximum price to $ 32.50 next year, making it $ 10 cheaper.
Labor’s plan could save someone who takes one drug a month $ 150 a year, while people will be $ 120 better under the Coalition.
As part of its broader policy offering, Albanese has promised cheaper childcare and a plan to restore quality and humanity in aged care.
“You deserve dignity and respect in your later years, not neglect,” he said.
Mr. Albanese said people in aged care deserved more assistants, 24/7 nurses in nursing homes, and more nutritious meals.
He also mentioned new reporting measures and a wage increase for workers.
“We will take care of the young, we will take care of the sick, we will take care of our Australian elders,” he said.
“Nobody held back and nobody stayed behind.”
Mr Albanese made five key announcements during his long speech.
He said the job would make gender pay equity a goal of the Fair Work Act.
“We will establish expert groups on pay equity and the care and community sector to help improve the pay and conditions of women in those sectors,” she said.
“We need to remove the persistent structural barriers that prevent so many women from securing decent jobs and careers and financial security throughout their lives.
This will be a key objective of a government that I lead ”.
He said his government will fund more university places and 465,000 free places in public TAFEs.
Labor will also create a new national authority called Jobs and Skills Australia to ensure that the needs of the labor market are met.
Mr. Albanian also announced that Labor will build more electric vehicle charging stations across Australia to fill gaps in the network.
“Together with Labor’s already announced electric vehicle discount, we will make it easier and cheaper for your next car to be electric,” he said.
“Imagine a future where you don’t have to worry about gas bills.
“We can get there, but we need the government to lay the groundwork for it.”
As part of its National Reconstruction Fund, Labor will invest $ 1 billion in developing value-added products from Australian resources.
“We will take resources like lithium and nickel – essential elements of the batteries that will power the vehicles of the future – and instead of shipping them to another country to produce batteries, we will have what we need to make them right here,” said Mr. Albanese. .
“Then we can sell them to the world.”
The opposition leader also revealed that Labor will invest in infrastructure to increase productivity and create jobs.
He promised to improve regional roads and major highways, invest in better railways for freight and commuter transport, and ensure more Australians have access to high-speed broadband.
Mr. Albanese also talked about its $ 329 million Help program for purchasing.
Under the plan, a Labor government would provide a “capital contribution” of up to 40% of the price of a new home and 30% for existing homes.
The owner would not have had to pay the rent on the government’s share of the property.
The government would get back its share of the investment when the house was finally sold.
The owners would also be able to purchase additional shares during their ownership period.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already criticized the idea.
Originally published as Anthony Albanese makes five key election promises at the launch of the Labor campaign