We hear a lot these days about how the Government can’t get its message out. Of course if the media were actually prepared to cover Government policy with any degree of factual coverage instead of screeching slogans and cherry picking for anything slightly controversial this might be different, but that’s never going to happen in Australia right now. Our current media treats politics as a blood sport and as such covers it like sport, with faux tension, scorelines and winners and losers plus a very healthy serving of bias towards the LNP.
As such we need to take extra steps to get the facts of the policy differences between the two parties out there as the media won’t touch it with a ten foot pole. Now as Abbott and his bunch of incompetents haven’t got very many policies at all, we can only compare what they have currently announced. Below is a comparison table with what details I have been able to glean. If you think it will help please send it on to whoever you can.
- Will take money of top 500 polluters and use it for compensation for price rises
- Will use money to increase tax free threshold for everyone from $6000 to $18000, an effective tax cut.
- Will gradually increase super from 9% to 12%.
- Will meet a 5% reduction in emissions.
- Will take $1300 off every taxpayer and give it to polluters as incentive to stop them polluting.
- Will also meet 5% reduction in emissions, but by planting trees.
- Amount of trees required will cover more ground than the current available fertile area.
- Will not keep tax cut.
- Will keep super increase but won’t say how to pay for it.
- Is implementing a fibre to the home network reaching 93% of households .
- No more Telstra monopoly for services, they become another retailer .
- Fibre provides consistent fast speeds regardless of distance.
- Fibre is future proof and will not require further replacement. As technology improves only the transmission/reception equipment at the ends needs updating.
- Wants to implement fibre to the node, relying on Telstra copper for the last mile.
- Wants more reliance on wireless, despite it being an inferior solution
- Copper cannot provide same speeds as fibre and wireless is not a scalable solution
- Copper is not a future proof solution and cannot provide further speed/capacity increases.
- Will provide minimum wage for anyone who meets the means tested criteria for 6 months, meaning everyone gets the
- same assistance
- Will provide half salary for anyone meeting criteria for 6 months, meaning those who can most afford it will receive more money.
- Will tax companies to pay for plan.