"Labor will reverse [the] $22 billion cuts to our schools."
Source: Anthony Albanese, Twitter (24 May 2017)
Truth on Schools
Our guaranteed funding commitment delivers an additional $37 billion in schools over the next decade (to 2029).
This increases average funding per student by 62% over a decade.
We are investing record funding in schools, increasing Commonwealth funding from $13.6 billion in 2013-14 (Labor’s last year) to $31.8 billion in 2028-29.
Parents can see for themselves all the facts on schools funding – including the funding increases at their local school, at the Department of Education’s School Funding Estimator www.education.gov.au/school-funding-estimator
“I spoke about the Coalition's fixation on cutting investment in important public institutions, including our schools and hospitals.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Twitter (21 July 2018)
Truth on Hospitals
Hospital funding has increased from $13.3 billion in Labor’s last year (2012-13) to $21.2 billion this year – an increase of 59%.
Our new five-year public hospital agreement with the states and territories delivers $31 billion more funding for hospitals (between 2020-21 and 2024-25).
Annual hospital funding will more than double compared to Labor – from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to $29.1 billion in 2024-25.
To learn more about funding of your local hospital go to www.health.gov.au/health-funding-facts
“Pensioners will always be better off under Labor.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Radio Interview (18 June 2018)
Truth on Pensions
Since the Liberal National Government was elected, pensions have increased by $117.80 per fortnight for singles and by $177.40 per fortnight for couples combined. (web link: https://formerministers.dss.gov.au/18741/4-5-million-australians-to-receive-welfare-payment-boost/)
Income Support for Seniors is increasing by $6.5 billion - from $48.3 billion in 2019-20, to $54.8 billion in 2022-23.
Source: 2019-20 Budget Paper No. 1 - Budget Strategy and Outlook (5-23)
“Coalition members, when given the opportunity, will undermine Medicare at every possible opportunity.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Interview (25 March 2019)
Truth on Medicare
Medicare investment is guaranteed and increasing by $6 billion.
The Government passed the Medicare Guarantee Act which guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation. Medicare funding is increasing from $24.9 billion in 2018-19 to $30.7 billion in 2022-23 – an increase of $6 billion.
More Australians are now seeing a doctor without having to pay. Last year 86% of GP visits were bulk billed – up from 82% in Labor’s last year. That’s an extra 27 million GP visits that were bulk billed.
Source: Department of Health, 2019-20 Budget Papers
Read more: www.health.gov.au/health-funding-facts
"All up, Federal funding for TAFE and skillstraining has been cut by $2.8 billion."
Source: Anthony Albanese, Speech (28 November 2018)
Truth on Tafe
Over the next five years an additional 80,000 apprentices will be created in occupations with skills shortages, through government incentive payments for employers and apprentices.
We are establishing 10 local Industry Training Hubs in areas of high youth unemployment, to ensure vocational education programs are tailored to meet local workforce needs and skills demands.
Under the last Labor Government, there was a decline of 110,000 apprentices (or 22%) in just one year (2012-13), the largest annual decline on record.
The federal government does not directly fund TAFEs. The federal government provides money to state governments which is then spent on apprenticeships.
When Anthony Albanese was Deputy Prime Minister, Labor cut $241 million from incentives to encourage employers to take on apprentices.
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research – Historical time series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963 to 2017
"The government has no wages policy beyond getting rid of penalty rates.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Hansard (2 July 2019)
Truth on Penalty Rates
It is the independent Fair Work Commission that sets penalty rates, not the government.
It was the former Labor government that set up the review into penalty rates which led to the independent umpire modifying Sunday rates for some retail and hospitality workers (in 4 out of 122 awards).
When he ran the Australian Workers Union, Bill Shorten made deals to lower penalty rates, including for retail workers at Big W, Target and Just Jeans.
For a company called Cleanevent, Bill Shorten stripped penalty rates for low paid cleaners with no compensation, while his union accepted payments from the company.
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