Our Plan for Jobs and Growth in Regional Australia

Key Commitments Regional Australia is critical to Australia’s economic prosperity and is home to around one third of Australia’s population. Regional Australia accounts for around 65 per cent of Australia’s export earnings by value and is a major source of domestic and international tourism. 45 cents in every tourism dollar is spent in regional Australia.…

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The Coalition’s Policy to Strengthen Mental Health Care in Australia

We are investing in a modern 21st century mental health system that targets support, care and funding at the regional level through the new Primary Health Networks (PHNs). PHNs include new partnerships with government at all levels, non-government organisations and the private sector, which means better tailored care for communities.

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The Coalition’s Plan for Jobs and Growth in Tasmania

We will deliver over $2 billion in funding for Tasmanian hospitals over the next four years. Under the Coalition, total Commonwealth funding to all schools across Tasmania will increase by $62.0 million, a 16.8 per cent increase from 2015–16 to 2019–20.

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The Coalition’s Policy for a Safe and Prosperous Australia

The Coalition’s foreign policy prepares Australia for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century by: expanding Australia’s overseas diplomatic presence; boosting Australia’s crisis response capability establishing regional health security partnerships; supporting a Pacific Women Mentoring Programme; and developing a contemporary foreign policy strategy that builds on our achievements and focuses on 21st century challenges and opportunities.

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The Coalition’s Policy for a Stronger Agricultural Sector

We are delivering significant commitments to the agriculture sector, including a $200 million increase in biosecurity funding, $190 million for rural research and development for profit, $100 million for pest and weed management, a $2.5 billion concessional loan programme for farmers, and a $500 million National Water Infrastructure Fund to provide future water security for our farmers.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Develop Indigenous Business Opportunities

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.

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The Coalition’s Policy for Smart Cities

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.

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The Coalition’s Plan to Boost the Learning for Life Programme

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.

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The Coalition’s Plan to Support Veterans and Their Families

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.

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The Coalition’s Policy for More Sport in Our Schools

The Coalition will do more to encourage healthier lifestyles for our children. We will invest an additional $60 million to extend the Sporting Schools Programme. Our commitment will help address childhood obesity, encourage the prevention of avoidable health problems in adulthood, and promote more active lifestyles for Australians.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Protect the Rights of Older Australians

KEY COMMITMENTS Older Australians should feel safe, cared for, and respected. Older Australians should be comfortable that they can exercise their rights fully and that their choices will be respected, in the same way as the choices of other Australians. Unfortunately, there are worrying signs that older Australians are not always safe, cared for, and…

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The Coalition’s Policy to Build the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor

We will invest $150 million toward the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor. The Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor is an eight kilometres rail freight line that will connect the North Coast Line directly into the Port of Townsville. The project is important to the economic growth of Townsville, local jobs, and the export capabilities of our country.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Tackle Mobile Phone Black Spots

If re-elected, the Coalition will invest a further $60 million in the Mobile Black Spot Programme, building on our recent $160 million investment. This new commitment brings our total funding to tackle mobile black spots to $220 million since the Coalition was elected in 2013.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Upgrade the Cairns Marine Precinct

The Coalition will provide $24 million toward the upgrade of the Cairns Marine Precinct. Our commitment will support the enhancement and modernisation of shipyards within the Cairns Marine Precinct, ensuring improved capability and capacity of existing maritime infrastructure.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Build the Flinders Link Rail Project

We will commit a further $43 million for the Flinders Link rail project, building a 650-metre extension of the Tonsley rail line to the Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University. Flinders Link creates a new transport interchange at the Flinders Medical Centre and a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians. This investment will reduce travel time to the CBD by 30 minutes and improve accessibility to Flinders University and South Australia’s second largest hospital – benefitting over 26,000 people who work or study in the area.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Support Your Local Parks and Environment

The Coalition will invest $30 million in a plan to support your local parks and environment. We will deliver grants to local councils, community groups, environment groups and others to support the revitalisation, maintenance, management and improvement of local parks, including nature reserves, rivers, coastal areas and community facilities.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Protect Australia’s Threatened Species

The Coalition will invest $5 million in a new Threatened Species Recovery Fund. The Threatened Species Recovery Fund will provide funding for community-led work to protect our unique wildlife. The Threatened Species Commissioner will ensure the Fund is able to leverage additional funding for protecting threatened species.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Invest in Our Great Barrier Reef

We invest in the Great Barrier Reef based on the best available scientific advice. We have already invested $461 million in reef funding as part of a broader $2 billion ten year plan by Australian governments focussed on water quality, reducing run off and eradicating crown-of-thorns starfish. In addition to the existing $2 billion plan, the Coalition will create a new and profoundly important $1 billion Reef Fund focussed on the great task of improving Reef water quality.

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The Coalition’s Policy to Help Families with Diabetes

We will invest $54 million under the National Diabetes Services Scheme to provide more affordable access to continuous glucose monitoring technology for children and young people under 21 years of age facing extra challenges managing their diabetes who would benefit most from this technology.

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The Coalition’s Policy for Better and More Accessible Digital Services

The Coalition will accelerate the digitisation of government services and drive innovation in government by: investing $50 million to modernise myGov and streamline the myGov login process; delivering a digital transformation roadmap for government by November 2016; and establishing a taskforce in the Prime Minister’s Department to reform government ICT procurement policies.

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