"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 for schools over the next decade (to 2029).
This increases average funding per student by 60% over a decade.
We are investing record funding in schools, increasing Commonwealth funding from $13.8 billion in 2014 to $32.7 billion in 2029.
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 $23.6 billion this year (2020-21) – an increase of more than 77%.
Our new five-year public hospital agreement withthe states and territories delivers $33 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 $29.9 billion in 2023-25.
The Morrison Government has also committed over $16.5 billion to deliver key health support in response to COVID-19. This includes unprecedented support across primary care (including telehealth, home delivery of medicines and respiratory clinics), aged care, hospitals, research and the National Medical Stockpile.
Source: Department of Health, 2020-21 Budget Papers
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 Coalition was elected in 2013, pensions have increased by $135.90 a fortnight for singles and by $204.80 a fortnight for couples combined.
Income Support for seniors is increasing by $3.4billion - from $50.1 billion in 2019-20 to $53.5 billion in 2020-21.
The Morrison Government is also providing two additional Economic Support Payments of $250 to eligible income support recipients, healthcare card holders, and Veteran payments recipients.
Source: 2020-21 Budget Paper No. 1 - Budget Strategy and Outlook (6-23)
“Coalition members, when given the opportunity, will undermine Medicare at every possible opportunity.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Interview (25 March 2019)
Truth on Medicare
More Australians are now seeing a doctor without having to pay. Last year 87.5% of GP visits were bulk billed – up from 82% in Labor’s last year. Over 142.8 million free GP services were delivered in 2019-2020.
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 has increased from $19.5 billion in Labor’s last year (2012-13) increasing to $28.8 billion in 2020-21 to $31.6 billion in 2023-24 – an increase of more than $12 billion.
Source: Department of Health, 2020-21 Budget Papers
"All up, Federal funding for TAFE and skills training has been cut by $2.8 billion."
Source: Anthony Albanese, Speech (28 November 2018)
Truth on Tafe
The Morrison Government is spending a record $6.9 billion in 2020-21 to keep apprentices in jobs and help Australians re-skill.
The Government has provided an additional $2.8 billion investment to support small and medium businesses to retain their apprentices through COVID-19 through the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.
We are also investing $1.2 billion to assist small, medium and large businesses to take on 100,000 new apprentices and trainees through a 50% wage subsidy.
The Government is also delivering the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund in conjunction with states and territories to provide around 340,000 additional training places in areas of skills need by offering free and low cost courses.
The federal government does not directly fund TAFEs. The federal government provides money to state governments which is then spent on training and apprenticeships.
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.
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.
“December 2015 and May 2016: As Treasurer, Scott Morrison cuts almost $2 billion from the aged care budget.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Twitter (26 August 2020)
Truth on Aged Care
Funding for Aged Care has actually grown by over $1b each year since the Coalition came to office.
The Government’s investment in aged care has grown from $13.3 billion in 2012-13, to $21.4 billion in 2019-20 and an estimated $25.4 billion in 2022‑23.
The Morrison Government has provided more than $1 billion of direct assistance to support senior Australians in aged care during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government has also tripled the number of home care packages from 60,308 at 30 June 2013 to 155,625 at 30 June 2020 and an estimated 185,597 at 30 June 2021.
At the 2019 election, Labor committed no additional funding in their costings for home care places or any additional funding for aged care quality, workforce or mainstream residential aged care.
Labor’s previous claim that $1.2 billion was cut from the Budget was found by ABC Fact Check as “misleading”.
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