The key party policies that affect you

We present the major parties’ key policies that might affect you.

Key party policies that affect you

With just one day to go until the Federal Election, YourLifeChoices sets out the major parties’ key policies that might sway your vote – in their words.

The Greens

On financial matters
The Greens are committed to addressing the structural barriers that older Australians on low incomes are facing, including better access to safe and affordable housing and increasing the rate of income support payments, such as Newstart, to assist older Australians before they reach age pension age.

We would establish an Independent Equality Commission, which would be responsible for setting the rates of income support payments and would consider the establishment of a universal age pension.

On climate change
Climate change threatens our way of life and the lives of our children and grandchildren and that is why we need to transition our economy to clean energy. By transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy, re-regulating electricity prices and establishing a pubic energy retailer, we can lower energy bills and ensure a safer future for all.

The Greens would also increase the Energy Supplement by 30 per cent. By shifting to clean energy, Australia can future proof our economy and create a new clean export economy exporting clean energy to the world.

On healthcare
The Greens would create a truly universal health system designed to keep people well, which provides the care you need when you need it, regardless of your illness, postcode or bank balance.

We would also address the acute problem of public hospital waiting lists through an additional injection of funding. Our plan includes: universal dental care, increased investment in Medicare and the redirection of the private health insurance rebate into public healthcare.

On incentives
The Greens believe older Australians should be able to continue working past the age pension age without being unfairly penalised financially. We support improving the employment outcomes for older Australians through flexible work arrangements, skills development and protection against age discrimination.

On Centrelink
The Greens consistently advocate on behalf of all Australians to make Centrelink more accessible, effective and efficient. We are committed to ensuring older Australians are able to access Centrelink resources and will continue to hold the Government to account regarding Centrelink wait times and application processing times.

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    17th May 2019
    11:28am
    None of the parties have made any policy announcements to increase the age pension. There are about 2.5 million retirees receiving a pension or part pension, about 10% of the population, and nothing has been offered.
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    5:04pm
    Perhaps but rusted on LNP supporters might want to listen to what The Greens are about. Whilst I can't vote Greens because of their 'bring 'em in' immigration policy (for the third world) and their policy on minority groups a lot of the rest makes sense.

    I've suggested to Di Natalie that he might want to get rid of Hanson-Young from the party as it appears she is little more than a festering sore and also for the pary to cost its policies. I suspect that when it does those two things it will be an electable party. Until then it'll be a bit player.

    I've cast my vote for what its worth. Good luck tomorrow, not that any logic or truth will come into your vote OM. You sadly are what you are and will vote LNP as you always do.
    I wish there were many more swinging voters as we'd shake this rotten to the core game up and get our democracy back if it were so.
    Paddington
    17th May 2019
    5:41pm
    What about the grand for dental.
    GeorgeM
    17th May 2019
    9:23pm
    I have to agree, Old Man. In fact, I am concerned why all the focus is again only on the 3 major parties - with Greens being considerably smaller and will never win Govt on their own, but are most likely to be a danger by twisting Labor's arm to get their radical gender and climate agendas into action.

    While Retirees have been generally ignored this time (other than Labor attacking some, and offering some crumbs to others), we must all note that there are 3 Million+ Retirees (being around 20% of the electorate) out there who can make a difference, with 44 (out of 151) Lower House seats currently on Margins of less than 5%. If we all agree, we should at least vote OUT all the non-performers from these 3 Major parties to send a message!

    To achieve the above, the best thing to do is to assign preferences very logically with a strategy as follows:

    Put as No. 1 for your favourite candidate (supporting Retirees preferably),
    Put your No. 2 as the alternative one who you think can win and who may be acceptable to you,
    Put all extremists at the end (including opportunist Independents claiming to be able to fix Climate Change), and
    Put the remaining in between such that the sitting Major party MP is definitely below the alternative Major party candidate (just above the extremists).

    If enough people do this, you will a) know you did your best, b) hopefully the useless sitting MP will lose their seat, and c) maybe even your preferred candidate has a chance to win.
    ozirules
    17th May 2019
    11:46am
    it's all waffle, they will promise anything to retain/get power. I take no notice of electioneering blowhards.
    ardnher
    17th May 2019
    4:41pm
    spot on!!!promise everything...but remember this...if they dont get all their policies through the Senate all hollow!!
    pedro the swift
    17th May 2019
    12:08pm
    Wow, I'm so impressed! Why don't we vote for all of them then we would get all the promises at once. Wouldn't that make for a great place to be!
    Gypsy
    17th May 2019
    12:11pm
    Read above
    On climate change...
    By transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy, re-regulating electricity prices and establishing a "pubic" energy retailer, we can lower energy bills and ensure a safer future for all.
    Really? Like to see that one!!!! LMAO
    Gypsy
    17th May 2019
    12:11pm
    Read above
    On climate change...
    By transitioning to 100 per cent renewable energy, re-regulating electricity prices and establishing a "pubic" energy retailer, we can lower energy bills and ensure a safer future for all.
    Really? Like to see that one!!!! LMAO
    Mad as Hell
    17th May 2019
    12:58pm
    Agree with the comment, it’s all waffle. Don’t trust any party.
    Mad as Hell
    17th May 2019
    12:59pm
    And stop moving the goal posts.
    Janus
    17th May 2019
    1:05pm
    Yay! $75!! However, that will not buy my vote.

    Although I doubt that Labor will be able to keep it's promises entirely, they are actually the better party for us oldfolk. I (and thousands of others) will never forgive the Libs or the Greens for their goalpost changes under Hockey and Abbott that cost us our pension. The so-called "pension tax" will only affect a very small number of top-end retirees. So my way is clear.

    My concern is the Senate. There are so many lightweights that will fall for the stupidities of the ultra right, looking after themselves without a thought for the good of the country. The Senate is a house of review, not a house of stopping an elected government fulfilling its duty. I fear that the crazies will be in control.

    I certainly don't want "more of the same". BUT I also don't want a couple of lunatics preventing the ship's captain from steering the chosen course.

    On election night, I will be hiding in a cupboard.
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    8:29pm
    Some good information. I agree that many voters only care for themselves and are like prostitutes: they'll sell out the country for the promise of loot. This is not who we used to be! I for one will vote for what is best for all of us even if that conflicts with my own interests.
    beyond caring
    17th May 2019
    1:06pm
    climate change""" we all know the climate changes.. what a broad brush to hid behind.. Look out the climate change. spend another B'$$$ ..
    sunnyOz
    17th May 2019
    2:22pm
    I really don't get where they say most people have climate control as high on their agenda. But I have to wonder - WHERE do they get these figures from? - the Greens campaign office?

    Every so-called survey, etc I have seen, read about, and heard, no more than 30% of people rate climate change as important to them. Rates very low on the agenda for most people.
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    8:30pm
    Or continue on with the current government and be left behind with waterfront property going under water (what's the cosy of that???), more floods and fires at closer and closer intervals and heat nobody other than Queenslanders can survive in.
    inextratime
    17th May 2019
    11:03pm
    Yeh Mick so you think the Labor party can change the climate ?
    The great climate change magic. If you talk about it and throw enough $$ at it the climate will change. Really ?
    inextratime
    17th May 2019
    11:03pm
    Yeh Mick so you think the Labor party can change the climate ?
    The great climate change magic. If you talk about it and throw enough $$ at it the climate will change. Really ?
    Paddington
    18th May 2019
    6:04pm
    Inextreme, you don’t get it. Try doing some research about how it all works.
    It will cost a lot more if we do nothing.
    You need to type in key words and do a lot of reading.
    Bella
    17th May 2019
    1:08pm
    Clive Palmer reckons he will increase the pension by about $180(don't remember the exact amount) a week. I'd like to know where he thinks that will come from, especially as he owes billions himself!
    Paddington
    17th May 2019
    5:39pm
    Maybe he will pay it himself. He has been paying everything else for himself and the Libs right down to advertising and man power.
    GeorgeM
    17th May 2019
    11:37pm
    I heard $150. Doesn't matter where it comes from, it would still be good for pensioners, as most likely he may only get very few seats especially in the Senate (not actually win power) which can allow him to work on the party in power.
    Paddington, last time when he was in the Senate, he didn't take a salary (or maybe took a token one for legal reasons). What is your problem if he spends his own money on whatever he wants - jealousy?
    Paddington
    18th May 2019
    6:02pm
    George M, so glad you asked!
    He is putting out nasty flyers on independents and labor. We got an awful one for the independent up against LNP guy.
    He is paying not only his own hired help for the election but LNP’s. One ad came through Facebook for people to hand out how to vote cards and was quickly removed. Others are using volunteers.
    He owes his workers money. I am sure they would like to be paid.
    He hardly turned up to parliament last time and when he did went to sleep on at least one occasion.
    There is more but that will do lol.
    Bella
    17th May 2019
    1:08pm
    Clive Palmer reckons he will increase the pension by about $180(don't remember the exact amount) a week. I'd like to know where he thinks that will come from, especially as he owes billions himself!
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    8:35pm
    Palmer is a liar like his Liberal Party partners. A vote for Palmer is a vote for the LNP and you'll get more of tax cuts for the rich (Palmer) and new taxes for everybody else.
    Eddy
    17th May 2019
    1:31pm
    My priorities are what their policies mean for younger people, I am more concerned for my grandchildren and (potential) great great grandchildren than myself. My parents and grandparents bequeathed me a better life than they endured (ie two world wars and the 1930s depression) so I want to do the same for those who come after me, Health and education (particularly eliminating HECS), getting housing prices to a level with respect to salaries and wages I enjoyed (when I bought my house it was about twice my annual salary), environment and climate change to leave my great grandchildren a livable planet, fair taxation which does not favour the rich and powerful, These are only a start and I do not think any political party addresses all my concerns so I have to pick the best of a bad lot.
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    8:35pm
    Good man.
    GeorgeM
    17th May 2019
    9:32pm
    If you are concerned for your children and grandchildren, I hope you don't vote for any party which is going to implement radical gender agendas which will destroy society.

    Also, NO party is going to deliver ANY change to the climate (0% chance of any change), but those who will claim to do something about it will definitely destroy the economy as well as your / our finances and budgets.

    This time, can't recommend any of these 3 majors. Tough choice, hence we all need to think outside the square and vote for alternatives and choose preferences wisely.
    thommo
    17th May 2019
    2:05pm
    just pensioners a decent and respectable age pension...Not the 'below poverty line' payment they are getting now...Or older voters will keep voting until a party is in power who will give them what they deserve, and more importantly, what they are entitled...IT IS NOT WELFARE..IT IS AN ENTITLEMENT..
    GeorgeM
    17th May 2019
    9:35pm
    I certainly hope the older voters actually wake up this time (they missed the opportunity in 2016 before the Asset test changes) and exercise their voting power and NOT choose any of these 3 nasty major parties who have all colluded to destroy retirees incomes.
    sunnyOz
    17th May 2019
    2:16pm
    I think this explains it THOROUGHLY.. though a bit long - is well worth it.

    While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

    His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

    'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter.

    'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.'

    'No problem, just let me in,' says the man.

    'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.'

    'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.

    'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.'

    And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he went down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

    Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

    They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and champagne

    Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes.They are having such a good time that before he realizes it's time to go.

    Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises....

    The elevator rises and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

    'Now it's time to visit heaven.

    24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

    'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. now choose your eternity.'

    The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.'

    So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down,down to hell.

    When the doors open he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

    He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

    The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ' I don't understand,' stammers the MP.

    'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?

    The devil looks at him, smiles and says,

    'Yesterday we were campaigning -

    Today you voted’.
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    8:38pm
    That's a very old one. Makes a real statement about the perversion of politics though.
    koshka
    17th May 2019
    3:01pm
    Free market, Neo-Liberalism and Consumerism are the main rezones for the Environmental problem and the only party that could do something about solving this problem is the Greens Party. First step: get the NLP out of Parliament as soon as possible. This mob only care about their pocket, nothing else…Ignorant and inhumane beings
    mike
    17th May 2019
    8:17pm
    After working hard and saving for my retirement, I was smashed when Hockey moved the goal posts and introduced the assets test changes. However Turnbull promised to reinstate the pensioner Concession card to all those who lost it due to the changes. However this turned out to be a lie. He chopped it off after just one day. Numerous letters were written to MPs, including Mr Gee ( Calare) but all we got back were insulting throw offs and lies. Now Shorten is introducing the retiree Tax Grab ( franking credit changes) He lied that it would only affect the wealthy. It has been established that the wealthy wont be affected. It will devestate the low income retirees. It will hit the savings of over one million Australians. It will move the goal posts for people who worked hard and saved. Both parties are hitting the elderly and retirees. But Shorten and the Greens are ten times worse.
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    8:41pm
    Wow, the current government lied? Tony Abbott? Multiple times. Hockey? Still waiting for the budget surplus he promised.
    Shorten? Yes we'll lose SOME of our income as well but at least Shorten has not lied his way in. This is where Labor has NOT lied its way into office. The government is a lying machine on steroids and its more of the same. Good luck!
    inextratime
    17th May 2019
    11:11pm
    Shorten hasn't lied because he hasn't answered the questions ! Constantly asked how much his 'climate change' agenda will cost he replies 'less than it would cost if we did nothing'...…...hahahha. No he doesn't lie because he's doesn't know the answers. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all of the time. Be gone in 18 months. Albo is waiting in the wings.
    inextratime
    17th May 2019
    11:11pm
    Shorten hasn't lied because he hasn't answered the questions ! Constantly asked how much his 'climate change' agenda will cost he replies 'less than it would cost if we did nothing'...…...hahahha. No he doesn't lie because he's doesn't know the answers. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all of the time. Be gone in 18 months. Albo is waiting in the wings.
    MICK
    17th May 2019
    8:42pm
    Has anybody noticed how the government funded trolls have nearly all disappeared? All ready for the polls tomorrow. No point writing any more of their lies and vile attacks on Labor now as this stage is now done.
    REMEMBER readers for the next election!
    ardnher
    19th May 2019
    8:54am
    AND THE WINNER IS SCOTT MORRISON !!

    19th May 2019
    2:05pm
    Thank God we no longer have to worry about the destructive policies proposed by Labor and the Greens .
    Australians can all relax and sleep well for the next 3 years knowing that our country is in good hands under Scott
    ozirules
    19th May 2019
    9:10pm
    I didn't trust Labor either Maureen but I wont sleep well and relax with the Llbs in control.

    I shall sleep with one eye open waiting for the next example of mismanagement of Australia.

    The Libs only got in because they were seen as the lesser of evils.


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