Australia’s new leader Anthony Albanese has promised major changes after nine years of conservative rule, from taking action on climate change to boosting indigenous people’s rights and curbing political corruption.
Here are five key policy changes for voters to expect from a center-left Labor leader after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Conservative Liberal-National Party alliance was dropped:
The Albanians pledge to “end the climate war”, a sign of a decade-long mine-or-climate debate in a country that relies heavily on fossil fuel exports but is always plagued by wildfires, floods and droughts.
Australia’s new government will reduce carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2005 by 2030, he said. The current promise is to reduce emissions by 28 percent at that time, mainly through technological advances – something that is still unknown.
Labor promises to increase renewable energy, provide discounts for electric vehicles, help build community-owned solar and battery projects, and tighten a system to keep pollutants at historic levels.
However, it did not make any promises to close the coal mines or even to open new ones.
Australia’s new government has promised to call a referendum to change the constitution to extend Indigenous people’s rights as a “priority”.
Labor pledges to implement the proposals in a document called “Uluru Statement from the Heart”, prepared by a gathering of more than 250 tribal representatives in 2017.
Indigenous campaigners want a “voice to parliament” that guarantees that First Nations people will be consulted on policies that will affect them.
“We will be stronger, more integrated and more proud if we do this, if we acknowledge that our history did not begin in 1788. It is 65,000 years of the oldest continuous civilization on the planet,” Albanese said in the campaign.
Albanese says the “first pillar” of Australia’s foreign policy is its alliance with the United States.
He backed a long-term alliance, the AUKUS – agreed last year with Britain and the United States to equip the Australian navy with nuclear-powered submarines.
Australia’s new leader has pledged to strengthen ties in the Asia-Pacific region.
He will attend a quad meeting with US, Japanese and Indian leaders in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Albanese, however, said his next visit would be to Indonesia, to establish strong ties with the growing economic power as “an absolute priority”.
In response to China’s “more aggressive” stance in the Asia-Pacific region, he said the new government would still “stand up for Australian values”.
The Albanians have criticized the previous government’s handling of relations with the Solomon Islands, which recently signed a defense agreement with China. He predicts that more ambitious climate change policies will improve relations with Pacific island nations in the face of growing sea threats.
Asked about what he could bring to the PM’s job, Albanese said: “Honesty and the ability to take responsibility.”
Labor leader Morrison has been reprimanded for not admitting his mistake.
He reminded voters when the prime minister took a Hawaiian vacation during the 2019-2020 Black Summer Bushfire and told reporters on his return: “I don’t hold a hose, mate.”
Morrison admits he worked as a “bulldozer” to get things done during fires, floods and the Covid-19 epidemic, promising a “no one is left behind” mantra to take care of the least fortunate in Albanian society.
“I don’t pretend to be perfect. All I do though is take responsibility. And I stretch my legs and I don’t get lost,” Albaniz said on the eve of his election.
Albany has pledged to form a “strong, transparent and independent” federal anti-corruption watchdog by the end of this year.
Each state in Australia has its own anti-corruption body, but the outgoing prime minister has failed to deliver on a three-year promise to create a federal crime scene.
Albanese described Morrison’s administration as “the least open, least fair government in Australian political history.”
Successive Australian governments have been accused of “pork-barreling” – spending taxpayers’ money in fiercely contested constituencies to woo voters.
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