Labor's positive plan for the ACT

A smart nation needs a smart and healthy national capital. That is exactly what a Shorten Labor Government will deliver.

Under a Shorten Labor Government, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) residents will be $364 million better off through investment in key services and infrastructure for our city and the surrounding region.

To Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, Canberra is nothing more than Parliament and public servants, but Labor sees our city as much more than that.

As a result of the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s attacks on the public service and other industries, many ACT families are facing uncertainty.

The ACT deserves a Federal Government with a clear plan for the economy that protects local jobs and improves living standards.

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in our people and our infrastructure to create jobs and drive the capital’s economy for the next generation by:

  • Removing the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s strict enterprise bargaining requirements that force agencies to strip away workers’ rights.

  • Spending an extra $515 million over the next decade on our local schools and $35 million over the next four years in our hospital system.

  • Restoring $300 million in funding cut from CSIRO, to preserve its vital contribution to the national science, research and innovation agenda.

  • Investing $76 million to commence the duplication of the Barton Highway, starting at the NSW-ACT border to Murrumbateman section, making the highway safer and upgrading this important connection to the Hume Highway.

  • Returning $12 million in funding to the National Library’s Trove project.

  • Not proceeding with the Liberals’ planned increase to the efficiency dividend, instead achieving the same level of budget savings by targeting areas which minimise the impact on jobs and the positive role of the public service.

  • Ensuring the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and its highly skilled workforce remain based in Canberra.

 A Shorten Labor Government will support the ACT’s community legal centres and help create a healthier capital.

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in the infrastructure needed to prepare our region to thrive. Labor will invest in every child in every Canberra school through Gonski, bring world-class broadband to the ACT, reduce admission fees at Questacon and duplicate the Barton Highway.

This election, there is a clear choice for the ACT. 

Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals will cut funding for local schools and destroy Medicare, while recklessly spending $50 billion on a tax break for banks and big business.

A Shorten Labor Government will save Medicare, improve schools, invest in job-creating infrastructure and take real action on climate change by boosting renewable energy.

Unlike the Turnbull Liberals, Labor will always put people first.

FRIDAY, 1 JULY 2016

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