We will deliver stronger protection for vulnerable workers. We will strengthen the enforcement provisions of the Fair Work Act to more effectively deal with employers who intentionally exploit workers.
The Coalition will continue to support Australia’s veterans by: implementing a veterans mental health package; streamlining the claims process for veterans and their families; implementing an annual Ministerial veterans statement; helping homeless veterans; promoting jobs for veterans and improving the veterans transition process; establishing a female veteran’s policy forum and supporting our younger veterans; supporting veterans’ concerns on Mefloquine; and commemorating service and sacrifice.
We will deliver a record $73.6 billion over the next four years for Australian schools. Our schools funding will be distributed according to need and future funding will be tied to evidence-based initiatives proven to support student achievement, such as improving literacy and numeracy, increasing engagement with science and maths subjects, and enhancing teaching quality.
In the knowledge economy, people are our greatest resource, and smart cities put people first. The Coalition will innovate with smart policy, smart investment and smart technology to ensure our cities are more liveable, more productive, and more prosperous.
The Coalition listened to owner-drivers and abolished the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. We will stand up for enterprising small businesses that take a risk and invest in themselves.
The Coalition will invest in Townsville to promote new jobs and investment in the region and accelerate its transition to the new economy.
The Coalition believes in the future of South Australia as an innovative, smart state with new jobs generated in new industries – jobs that are well paid, secure and which provide robust skills training and professional development.
Innovation is an important part of the Coalition’s economic plan for jobs and growth. The Coalition has a strong record supporting innovation and startup businesses, investing around $10 billion a year on innovation, science and research.
We are committed to creating more opportunities for Indigenous businesses and, in turn, employment. We want to encourage Indigenous innovation, which creates a pipeline of opportunity. Indigenous businesses are 100 times more likely to hire Indigenous Australians than non-Indigenous businesses, which is why we are creating an environment where Indigenous business and innovation can grow and prosper.
The Coalition will support tourism, jobs and growth in the Dandenong Ranges. In addition, the Coalition will deliver a corporate tax cut for the approximately 11,500 small businesses located around the Dandenong Ranges.