Labor's 100 Positive Policies - Public Forum - Saturday 25th June

Peter Hayes outlined to the audience what he believed were the issues facing the North Sydney Electorate and how these issues were all addressed in Labor’s ‘100 Positive Policies’:

“Based on my contact with voters, the major issues for North Sydney are many - reflecting voter diversity - and fall into two distinct groups. One group comprise issues with national and international significance - which define us as a nation. The other group are focused on local electorate concerns. While this second group are mostly the province of Local and State Government jurisdictions, Federal influence is possible - and appropriate - through tied grants and the COAG process.

According to North Sydney residents, the major issues for them at this federal election are affordable health care (including aged care), affordable education, safeguarding penalty rates, disability care (NDIS), effective and urgent mitigation of climate change consequences, prohibition of CSG exploration and extraction in sensitive areas, NBN, mitigation of urban congestion and refugee resettlement. “Only Labor has a compendium of policies ready to resolve these issues for the North Sydney Community, Mr Hayes said. ”

On the note of the Coalition calling on voters to choose “stability” over “uncertainity” given the recent BREXIT, NSW Labor Senator Jenny McAllister insisted that voters look at Labor’s strong record of economic management during the 2009 GFC. She elucidated that unlike the UK, we are fortunate that we have not seen the same extent of privatisation, slashing of public services, and erosion of worker’s rights. The Coalition’s proposed $50 billion dollar tax cut to big business is not only indicative of a desire to steer Australia into the same direction as the UK but is also an obvious indicator of the Coalition’s allegiances.

She emphasised the need for more inclusive economic measures which are found in Labor’s ‘100 Positive Policies’ such as preserving Medicare, need-based education, company tax relief and the NBN.