Issue 2:                                                                                   27 May 2016

ALGA joint Infrastructure statement
Local government priorities – advocacy kit
Interesting tidbits

Liberal – Nationals Coalition policies
Australian Labor policies
Australian Greens policies
Latest from the AEC: Senate voting

Leaders’ debates
Latest Polls
Election resources
Key election dates

ALGA joint Infrastructure statement

On 19 May the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) released a joint statement with seven other peak bodies calling for all political parties to commit to a nine-point national infrastructure plan to ensure Australia's cities and regions remain competitive, liveable and sustainable.

The nine-point plan includes commitments sought to address congestion and transport challenges facing our cities; an integrated multi-modal approach to transport with enhanced connectivity; and ongoing investment of no less than five per cent of GDP for infrastructure projects that support economic growth and boost national productivity.

Other peak bodies involved in the joint statement are the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Logistics Council, Urban Development Institute of Australia, Property Council of Australia, National Farmer's Federation and Green Building Council of Australia.

Local government priorities – advocacy kit

The MAV has now circulated to all members a copy of our federal election advocacy kit, which includes key messages, a template media release, template letter for federal MPs and candidates, sample social media posts and fact sheets.

Councils are encouraged to use these resources to brief their local candidates on the six priority commitments sought on behalf of local government nationally, as outlined in the ALGA’s Local Government Plan for an Innovative and Prosperous Australia.

The MAV resources also include advocacy materials relating to kindergartens and home and community care. These can assist councils to advocate for local candidates to commit to honouring the Victorian Transition Plan and Statement of Intent relating to aged and community care reforms; as well as the long-term funding commitment sought from the Commonwealth to provide certainty to 15 hours kindergarten universal access.

The MAV has written to party leaders and portfolio Ministers/Shadow Ministers in relation to both these matters, seeking specific commitments ahead of the election.

The federal election campaign page of our website contains further details.

Interesting tidbits

  • The Conversation: read about the growth in pre-poll voting and what this means for election campaigns
  • The Party Room – a podcast of federal election news by Radio National’s Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas.

Liberal – Nationals Coalition policies

This week, the Coalition has announced a $578.8 million support package for dairy farmers; CCTV funding commitments through the Safer Streets program for a number of locations including Warragul and Pakenham; and $20 million for tourism infrastructure in the Dandenongs.

Other recent Coalition policy commitments include:

  • An additional $60 million for the mobile phone blackspots programme
  • $30 million funding package to support local parks, nature reserves and coastal areas, including $24 million for a new Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Programme to support councils, community and environment groups reduce litter and undertake revitalisation and improvement works at local parks, nature reserves, rivers, coastal areas and community facilities
  • Smart Cities Plan including establishing an infrastructure financing unit, plus $50 million to accelerate business cases and financing options for major development projects
  • Future funding commitments for local roads and major infrastructure projects
  • Actions to tackle domestic violence including $100 million over three years to implement the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022.

View all Coalition policies.

Australian Labor policies

This week the Australian Labor Party announced it will review the way aged care services are provided and paid for if elected, but that it would not reverse the $1.2 billion in savings made in the Federal Budget.

Other recent Australian Labor policy commitments include:

  • $65 million over six years to ensure 1800 RESPECT, Our WATCH and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) can continue their critical work in tackling family violence
  • Five days of family violence paid leave in the National Employment Standards
  • A six-point climate change action plan to deliver 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and a pollution reduction target of net zero pollution by 2050
  • Support for the Melbourne Metro as a priority Infrastructure Australia project
  • Commitment to add a criterion to Infrastructure Australia’s review process for active transport infrastructure like cycling and walking tracks as part of new road and rail projects
  • Establishing a High Speed Rail Authority to undertake expressions of interest for a High Speed Rail Link between Brisbane and Melbourne, via Sydney and Canberra
  • A 10-point plan for cities that includes initiatives towards active transport, housing affordability, employment and protecting the urban environment.

View all Australian Labor policies.

Australian Greens policies

This week the Australian Greens announced a plan to provide $500 million a year for 10 years for specialist domestic violence services such as women's shelters, crisis phone services and perpetrator programs, totalling $5 billion.

The Australian Greens have announced a range of other policies to date, including:

  • Renew Australia, a plan to ensure energy generation is at least 90 per cent renewable by 2030
  • Increasing investment in public infrastructure by up to $75 billion and establishing the Australian Infrastructure Bank to manage the financing of this investment
  • A 10-part National Housing Affordability Plan
  • A plan for inclusive communities through strengthening of anti-discrimination laws, marriage equality and a range of initiatives to support LGBITQ people.

View all Australian Greens election policies.

Latest from the AEC: Senate voting

The AEC has issued a statement about correct voting for the Senate following changes passed by the Australian Parliament in March. A practice voting tool is also available on the AEC website to assist people to avoid casting an informal vote.

Above the line voting:

  • You can vote above the line by numbering at least 6 boxes consecutively in the order of your choice (with number 1 as your first choice).

Below the line voting:

  • You can vote below the line by numbering at least 12 boxes consecutively in the order of your choice (with number 1 as your first choice).
  • You can number as many additional boxes as you choose when voting either above the line (i.e. more than six boxes) or below the line (i.e. more than 12 boxes).

Leaders’ debates

  • This Sunday evening, 29 May, ABC News 24 will broadcast an hour long live leaders’ debate between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten from the National Press Club in Canberra. Leaders will be asked questions by moderator Chris Uhlmann, as well as a panel of three journalists.
  • A lunch time Treasurers Debate was also held at the National Press Club on Friday 27 May with Scott Morrison and Chris Bowen debating economic issues. It will be broadcast on ABC News 24 and available on iView.
  • A Regional Leaders’ debate was hosted by the ABC earlier this week, with Nationals' leader Barnaby Joyce, the ALP's Joel Fitzgibbon and Greens leader Richard Di Natale. Leaders were joined by a live audience in Goulburn, regional NSW. The debate was broadcast on ABC News 24, ABC regional radio and News Radio around the country. It is now available to watch on iView.

Latest Polls

  • A Morgan poll, conducted on 14-15 May, has Labor leading the two party preferred vote on 52.5 per cent (up 1.5 per cent), while the Coalition has dropped to 47.5 per cent.
  • The Australian Newspoll, conducted from 19-22 May, shows Labor is still ahead on the two-party preferred vote, with 51 per cent to the Coalition’s 49 per cent.
  • A Fairfax-Ipsos poll, conducted from 17-19 May, has the Coalition’s two-party preferred lead still holding at 51 per cent to Labor’s 49 per cent
  • A 7 News – ReachTEL poll conducted on 19 May has the two party preferred vote split evenly, with 50 per cent for Labor and 50 per cent for the Coalition
  • The latest Essential Report on federal voting intentions, conducted on 24 May, shows Labor leading the two-party preferred vote on 51 per cent to the Coalition’s 49 per cent
  • Crikey’s Poll Bludger is an aggregate analysis of the national opinion polls
  • The Guardian Australia’s Poll of Polls combines all available opinion polls to statistically predict the election outcome.

Election resources

  • ABC Federal Election Guide: contains detailed electorate profiles, list of retiring MPs, electoral pendulum, House of Representatives calculator, a seat-by-seat candidate guide and elections analysis
  • Vote Compass: election 2016: A collaborative project between ABC, University of Melbourne and Vox Pop Labs, this social and data science tool calculates how a user’s personal views compare to the positions of political parties
  • Sky News Election 2016: has the latest election news and analysis, and an #auspol social hub with all the latest tweets sorted by political party
  • Curious Campaign: a new initiative where the public can submit story questions, and vote for their favourites with ABC News journalists investigating the winning questions
  • The Tally Room: profiling details about marginal seats each day.

Key election dates

  • Midday, 7 June: close of candidate bulk nominations by registered political  parties
  • Midday, 9 June: close of nominations
  • 14 June: early voting commences
  • 6pm, 29 June: close of postal voting applications
  • 2 July: election day

For further details on 2016 federal election dates, visit the AEC website.


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