Don’t know who to vote for?

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

– Raise

– Same

– Does not specify

– Raise

– Same

– Flexible retirement age

– Lower

– 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!

About Eve Williams

Eve Williams is the Content Developer and Social Media Administration for Eldernet. She is currently studying towards her Masters at the University of Canterbury. She has a passion for learning new things.