Anthony Albanese Makes Five Key Election Promises at the Launch of the Labor Campaign

Anthony Albanese has promised that a Labor government will make medicines cheaper for millions of Australians.

At the launch of Labor’s election campaign in Perth on Sunday, the opposition leader pledged to cut the cost of medication on the PBS by $12.50, making it cheaper for general patients.

It means that the maximum price for PBS drugs will be $30.

“The price of drugs has risen under Morison’s administration, just as the cost of going to a doctor has risen,” Mr Albanese said.

“Medicare will always be stronger under Labor.”

The pledge exceeds the coalition’s pledge to spend $150 million on lowering the maximum price of drugs to $32.50 starting next year, making it $10 cheaper.

Labor’s plan could save someone taking one drug a month $150 a year, while people would be $120 better off under the coalition.

As part of his wider policy offering, Mr Albanian promised cheaper childcare and a plan to restore the quality and humanity of aged care.

“You deserve dignity and respect in your later years, not neglect,” he said.

Mr Albanese said people in aged care deserved more carers, 24/7 nurses in nursing homes and more nutritious meals.

He also mentioned new reporting measures and a pay rise for employees.

“We will take care of the young, we will take care of the sick, we will take care of our older Australians,” he said.

“No one held back and no one was left behind.”

Mr Albanian made five important announcements during his lengthy speech.

He said Labor would make gender equality an objective of the Fair Work Act.

“We will set up expert panels on pay equality and the health and community sectors to help improve wages and conditions for women in those sectors,” he said.

“We need to remove the persistent, structural barriers that prevent so many women from achieving decent jobs and careers and financial security over the course of their lives.

That will be a major focus of any government I lead.”

He said his government would fund more university places and 465,000 free places at public TAFEs.

Labor will also establish a new national authority called Jobs and Skills Australia to ensure that the needs of the labor market are met.

Mr Albanese further announced that Labor would build more electric vehicle charging stations across Australia to close the gaps in the network.

“Together with Labour’s already announced discount on electric vehicles, we will make it easier and cheaper to make your next car electric,” he said.

“Imagine a future where you don’t have to worry about gas bills.

“We can get there, but we need the government to lay the groundwork for it.”

Anthony Albanese with Kevin Rudd and Paul Keating before the launch.  Albanian said the two former prime ministers left a lasting legacy and changed Australia for the better.
Camera iconAnthony Albanese with Kevin Rudd and Paul Keating before the launch. Albanian said the two former prime ministers left a lasting legacy and changed Australia for the better. Credit: Delivered

As part of the National Reconstruction Fund, Labor will invest $1 billion in developing value-added products from Australian sources.

“We’re taking resources like lithium and nickel — essential elements of the batteries that will power the vehicles of the future — and instead of shipping them to another country to make batteries, we’ll have what we need to make them here.” make,’ said Mr Albanian.

“Then we can sell them to the world.”

The opposition leader also revealed that Labor would invest in infrastructure to boost productivity and create jobs.

He pledged to improve regional roads and major highways, invest in better rail for freight and commuters, and ensure more Australians have access to high-speed broadband.

Mr. Albanese also spoke about his $329 million Help To Buy program.

Under the plan, a Labor government would give an “equity contribution” of up to 40 percent of the price of a new home and 30 percent for existing homes.

The owner would not have to pay rent on the government’s share of the property.

The government would recoup its share of the investment if the house was eventually sold.

Owners would also be able to purchase further stakes during their ownership period.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already criticized the idea.

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