Polls leading up to the 2022 Federal Election have consistently shown that there are thousands of undecided voters across the country.
The policies are a clear way of differentiating what each of the major parties represents, and each has different plans on some issues, such as the economy, climate change, and security.
Here are some of the main differences in policy between the two main parties on key electoral issues.
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When it comes to people fulfilling the Australian dream of buying a home, Labor promises to help first-time buyers enter the market by paying up to a 40 per cent ownership interest.
The Liberal Party says it will allow first-time homebuyers to use their retirement for a deposit and extend tax breaks for boomers, people born roughly between 1946 and 1945, who downsize their homes.
Both the Labor and Liberal parties aim for net zero emissions by 2050.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s path to get there hinges on carbon capture and storage, which is the process of capturing carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere, moving it around, and keeping it for hundreds of years. The Morrison government is also considering the use of hydrogen as a transition fuel.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s government would aim to improve the electricity grid to facilitate the use of renewable energy.
With the rising cost of living a major challenge for Australian households, coupled with the recent revelation that wages have grown at less than half the rate of inflation, lowering childcare costs has been presented as one of the ways to help families cope.
Labor agrees to subsidize 90 percent of the cost for all families.
In the meantime, if re-elected, the Coalition will pay 85 percent of costs for those with one child in care and 95 percent for families with two or more.
In the wake of the elder care crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the latest government figures indicate that 1,418 people in elder care facilities had died with the virus, policies in the area have been key.
The Morrison government has previously budgeted for an increase in practical nursing hours and additional home care packages.
Labor’s approach would see a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day in senior care facilities and a significant pay increase of up to 25 percent for staff.
According to an Australia Institute survey, three in four Australians surveyed said integrity issues were more important during this election than in the 2019 federal election.
Labor say that if elected they will set up a national anti-corruption commission that would have powers to publicly question politicians.
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The Coalition has failed to establish such a commission, which it promised to do in the last election. Morrison has said that such a body could lead Australia to become a “public autocracy” if it were allowed significant impact on policy choices.
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the sighting of a Chinese surveillance ship off the coast of Western Australia on May 13, security has been a frequently discussed issue between the two main parties.
Labor say they support more spending on national security and would also aim to increase foreign aid.
The Liberals are investing $270 billion in a new military arsenal over the next 10 years.