What Turnbull covered at campaign launch
WHAT MALCOLM TURNBULL COVERED IN HIS CAMPAIGN LAUNCH SPEECH
Started by acknowledging his predecessors John Howard and Tony Abbott. Mr Howard “set the gold standard” for successful and effective government while the man Mr Turnbull deposed was to be saluted for ending “the chaos and dysfunction of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years” and remained a dedicated advocate for the coalition.
The times demand a stable majority government and Australians shouldn’t risk “a roll of the dice on independents or minor parties”. “Vote for anyone other than the Liberal and National Party candidates, and the risk is that Australians will next week find themselves with Bill Shorten as prime minister and no certainty about their future.”
Shockwaves from the British vote to leave the European Union are a reminder to “always expect the unexpected” and success in the 21st century can’t be taken for granted. There are many things in the global economy that Australian government’s can’t control. “Calm heads, steady hands, stable government and a strong economic plan are critical for Australia to withstand any repercussions.”
The country needs experienced economic leadership and a plan for growth and jobs, and only the coalition can deliver this. All hopes and dreams depend on strong economic growth. That’s not about some academic theory, but “millions of Australians being able to lead better lives, with more choices, better jobs, more opportunities and when working days are ended, a more secure retirement”. “We have always been a lucky country but today more than ever we need to make our own luck.”
Every element of the coalition’s plan for national prosperity is fully costed and paid for. It will drive higher growth and more jobs and reduce deficits to come back into balance in 2020/21. “It’s all there in the budget and guarantees record investments in health, Medicare and schools.”
Tax cuts will give businesses the confidence to invest, expand and hire.
Good economic management means “we can afford to leave a cleaner environment to (our) children” and meet international obligations to address climate change. This won’t mean “massive hikes in electricity prices as Labor would do” but includes plans to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment, funding clean energy innovation fund, and Landcare.
The coalition government finished trade deals with Japan, Korea, China, Singapore and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the past three years while Labor concluded none during its six years of government. Deals with Europe and Britain will need to be renegotiated in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Labor has no economic plan and is relying on a scare campaign over the future of Medicare to win the election. “They boast of how many people they have deceived. That’s not an alternative government, that’s an opposition unfit to govern.” Bill Shorten has an anti-business and anti-growth agenda, is “more toxic and backward-looking than any Labor leader in a generation” and wants to govern like a union leader.
Honest tradesmen and builders pay a high price for “the lawlessness and thuggery of the CFMEU”, which the coalition’s move to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission would stamp out. “Labor and the Greens will fight tooth and nail to defend their paymasters in the CFMEU.”
Urged Australians to carefully consider their vote in both houses. A vote for “a Labor Party that has lost its way” or a protest vote for minor parties would end in a government where “unions, Greens and independents pull the strings”, risking living standards and our future opportunities. “If you only really know the leader of a minor party but you don’t really know their candidates and you don’t really know their policies, then don’t vote for them.”
The coalition plans to spend a total of $73.6 billion over the next four years on schools to ensure no young Australian is left behind. Announced new policies of $48 million for scholarships under the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and $31 million in programs to encourage more girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
New promise of $50 million to help seniors who want to improve their digital literacy skills. Just one in five households of Australians aged over 60 years have a smartphone, but such technology can make their lives easier, help them retain independence, and keep them connected to families and friends.
$192 million investment in frontline mental health services including 12 suicide prevention sites and 10 more headspace centres, using smartphones and other technology to make services more accessible.
Recalled what happened when Labor scrapped Howard-era border protection policies, with 50,000 asylum seekers arriving on boats, at least 1200 dead at sea and an “$11 billion border protection budget blowout”. Acknowledged the coalition’s policies were tough but necessary and said his government would remain “resolute in defending the sovereignty, the security of our borders”.
“National security and economic security go hand in hand.” Highlighted the coalition’s continuous shipbuilding strategy that will support jobs and make sure Australia retains its naval capabilities. Announced a $64 million crackdown on illegal firearm trafficking.
© AAP 2016