To finish off our series on the 2017 Election we have tried to summarise the main points in regards to our 5 top issues: superannuation, housing, healthcare, immigration, aged care.
Superannuation – Age of eligibility
– Does not specify
– Flexible retirement age
– Same but replace Super
Housing – Main ideas
– Continue to provide grants for insulation
– Stop sale of state houses bulid more houses. Introduce enforcable quality standards for rental. Pay superannuatist for winter energy costs
– Warrant of fitness scheme
– Replace council building inspections and compliance with a mandatory private insurance regime for buildings.
– Support local councils to provide more pensioner housing . Superannuitants 10% discount of electricity during winter. Fund insulation for all uninsulated homes
– Rent-to-own policy
– Warrant of fitness scheme. Subsidise solar panels in low income, isolated communities
– Warrant of fitness scheme
Healthcare – Main ideas
– Increase health funding by $3.9 billion over four years. Increase funding for disability support
– Increase health funding by $8 billion over four years. Make it easier to access mental health services.
– Increase health funding. Improve pay for mental health workers
– Legalise euthanasia. Increase support for people with physical or mental conditions. Reduce tabacco tax
– Increase health funding. Provide superannuitants 3 free doctors visits and 1 free eye check
– Increase support for drug treatment and rehabilitation. Increase funding for mental health services
– Introduce a Cross-Government Accord. Introduce free annual medical and dental visit for over 55
– Increase tax on alcohol. Legalise the sale and use of cannabis
Immigration – levels of immigration
– No change to current levels. Focusing on quality
– Limit immigration. No work visas for low qualified jobs. Push to regions
– No change. Increase support for immigrants
– No change. Limit pensions to those who arrive later in life
– Limit. Cap immigration at 10,000 per year
– No change. Give more support
– Relocate people to regions
– Limit. Only want “high quality” immigrants.
Aged Care – Main ideas
– No new policies relating to aged care
– Establish the Office of the Aged Care Commissioner and a position of Aged Care Commissioner.
– Support Care at Home. Increase support for high quality palliative care
– Improved access to supported living arrangements for those with serious mental illness
– They have a comprehensive older person’s policy that aims to meet the health needs of ageing population.
– Support for older people in non-medical institutions. Support pay parity between nursing staff across all nursing sectors
– Review the work conditions, pay and training opportunities for those working in the elderly, disability and home care sector
– Does not have any policies relating to this area
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See you at the polling booths on September 23rd!