United Australia Party - Make Australia Great
- Zonal taxation system for people living more than 200 kilometres out of a capital city.
- Cheaper electricity
- A better National Broadband Network
- Fast trains
The United Australia Party has a number of policies that would benefit south-west residents.
The party is proposing a zonal taxation system to give Australians living more than 200 kilometres from a capital city a 20 per cent tax discount.
It also wants to introduce fast trains to travel to capital cities from 300 kilometres away.
Clive Palmer also wants to make the dream of owning a home a reality for all Australians.
"The first $10,000 paid on a home loan each year should be tax deductible," Mr Palmer says.
"Australians need the dream of home ownership. It will make our homes affordable again, increase employment and give our young people a goal to strive for."
Name: Joshua Wallace
Occupation: Fonterra employee and stocks and cryptographic assets trader
Key points: Reduce cost of electricity by building nuclear-fired power plants, introduce zonal tax, provide money to rural and manufacturing industries in the event of an emergency.
Labor Party - A Fair Go for Australia
- Fix public hospitals
- Fully fund schools
- Protect penalty rates
- Make cancer treatment free
The Labor Party has made a key commitment to health, promising to inject $1 billion into hospitals.
Warrnambool mayor Tony Herbert welcomed this commitment earlier this year, telling The Standard South West Healthcare was in desperate need of funds for stage two of its redevelopment.
"Our South West Healthcare facility has had projected numbers of patients that they will be servicing by 2030 and we've already hit those levels.
"The growth has been exponential - we're at a stage where we can't wait any longer."
It has also pledged to take away the financial burden of covering the cost of treatment for cancer patients.
Labor has pledged $2.3 billion to slash the cost of cancer treatment by offering millions of free scans and consultations to prevent Australians being "impoverished" by the steep cost of fighting the disease.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised a dramatic expansion of Medicare to cover the out-of-pocket costs for 145,000 people who are diagnosed with cancer every year and must pay thousands of dollars for tests and medicines.
Mr Shorten told Parliament no one should have to sell the roof over their head to pay for cancer treatment.
"You'd sell the shirt off your back, but you shouldn't have to," he said.
"You pay your taxes to Canberra. You pay your Medicare levy. If I am elected prime minister, I'm going to make sure the health care system is there for you when you need it most."
This commitment was welcomed by Warrnambool's Deanne Evans. Read more here.
Name: Maurice Billi
Occupation: Health and education sector
Key points: Upgrades to health and education infrastructure, road upgrades, fixing the NBN, more support for people in need.
Liberal Party - Building our Economy, Securing Your Future
- Create another 1.25 million jobs over the next five years, including 250,000 new jobs for young Australians
- Deliver the largest personal income tax relief in a decade - $1080 for single income families earning up to $126,0000
- Lower taxes for small businesses
- $503 million for a Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan
The Liberal Party has allocated $1 billion for the Princes Highway and Member for Wannon Dan Tehan says the south-west should get up to $200 million of that funding.
"The big number out of the budget, the one we have been keeping for the budget itself, is $1 billion has been allocated to the Princes Highway," he told The Standard after the budget was announced.
"It's a down payment for the Princes Highway corridor strategy from Sydney through to Adelaide.
"We launched that $5 million strategy in last year's budget and this year this is a $1 billion downpayment. That money starts in 2021.
"The idea is for the strategy to be completed by the end of the year and then the funding can start the following year. For our section you would be looking at - it will depend on what the strategy says - on any reasonable allocation it has to be around $150-$200 million."
Name: Dan Tehan
Lives: Near Hamilton
Occupation: Current Member for Wannon
Key points: $200 million for Princes Highway upgrades in Wannon electorate, record funding for health, education and disability services.
- Affordable homes and greater rights for tenants
- Transition to renewable technology
- Free health care and education
- Protecting the environment
The Greens are proposing improved rights for people who rent their home.
"Owning your own home should not be the only way to guarantee a roof over your head," the party says.
"The Greens believe that every renter deserves the dignity of an affordable, liveable and secure home for the long-term.
"One in three Australians are renters, yet we have one of the most expensive and unregulated rental markets in the world. We have no national rental standard for renters protection, and years of mismanagement from Liberal and Labor governments have left many of us facing application discrimination, unfair rent increases, 'no grounds' evictions, poor living conditions and short-term leases.
"We will establish a national standard for residential tenancy agreements in states and territories.
"Our plan will create tenancy laws for long-term leases, ensure minimum standards for energy and security, protect tenants against evictions, unfair rent rises, discrimination and landlords who refuse to maintain properties. And, we'll prohibit blanket 'no pets' clauses so your fluffy best friend is guaranteed a home with you.
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