Through our history, Labor has always stood for fairness. Whether it’s in the workplace or at home, or just ensuring that societies’ most disadvantaged get a fair go, we’ve always strived to make a fairer Australia.
But the Australians who need our support have been abandoned by the Liberal government.
The Liberal Government’s plans for a GP Tax, $100,000 degrees and his cuts to health and education all stand to make it harder for those who are less fortunate.
We will stand against his unfair plans for our country and will work to support those who need it most.
We know that people with disability have been let down by an unfair and underfunded system of support.
To fix this, Labor worked hard to create the National Disability Insurance Scheme, a program that will provide support nationally to around 460,000 people with disability, their families and carers.
But the Liberal Government has trashed the support provided to those who need it, with their 2014-15 Budget leaving people on the Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment $80 a week worse off. They also cut funding to key disability organisations like Autism Asperger’s Advocacy Australia and Blind Citizens Australia.
Labor also believes that all Australians should have access to affordable housing. While in Government, we invested in providing more social housing and helped build 50,000 affordable rental homes through the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
The Liberal Government scrapped the National Rental Affordability Scheme in their 2014-15 budget, and in late 2014 they cut funding to advocacy organizations that campaign for fair housing and homelessness policy.
Australia deserves a government that protects the most vulnerable in our community, and Labor is committed to tackling homelessness in Australia rather than cutting services and support.
For our country to prosper, we must improve fairness, opportunity and safety for women in the workplace and in the community. In Government, Labor amended the Sex Discrimination Act and also introduced protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
Yet the current Government has done little on the topic and women still earn almost 25% less than men across all Australian industries.
The Liberal Government’s 2015 Budget failed to take leadership on the significant issues facing women, like tackling the scourge of violence against women and fixing the gender gap in the workforce. Read our Women’s 2015 Budget Reply Statement for more info on how the Budget is impacting women.
While in Government, Labor set up 1800RESPECT, a national phone counselling and online service to assist victims of sexual assault and family or domestic violence. The service is also available to people who may encounter victims of sexual assault and family or domestic violence to provide advice on how to help people in need.
As a community we need to take a zero tolerance stance on all domestic violence and sexual assault, and Labor introduced the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children to do just that.