Tomorrow is the big day in New South Wales.
And with the Coalition and Labor locked in a historically tight race, both parties are underscoring some significant…and costly…promises they’ve made to voters.
Thanks to our friends at AAP, below you’ll find the highlights of what they’ve offered:
The Coalition are allocating $2.8 billion for over 8000 additional frontline staff, mainly nurse and midwives. They also plan on an additional $8.4 billion going towards health infrastructure, including hospital upgrades.
Labor are promising an even greater amount of additional staff at over 10,000. This is an effort to mandate nurse-to-patient ratios in mental health wards.
Labor also want to hold a drug summit this year, as well as put $100 million towards six new rehab and detox clinics at public hospitals for ice addicts.
They are also wanting to put around $290 million towards an Illawarra health plan to update hospitals in that region. Other hospital upgrades they promise are expected to cost over $3.5 billion.
Labor also intend to fund around 50 disability advocacy services and a domestic, family and sexual violence package.
The Coalition plan on a $6 billion school infrastructure investment to deliver over 170 new and upgraded schools. They also intend to hire 4600 additional teachers, and invest an extra $449 million to clear the school maintenance backlog within 15 months.
On top of this, $500 million will go towards non-government schools and $120 million towards before and after school care.
Other promises include around 700,000 free TAFE and VET courses for the next four years, with an $80 million TAFE campus planned for Western Sydney.
Labor wishes to move $500 million from the Coalition’s stadium fund and put it towards replacing portable classrooms to permanent classrooms.
The opposition have also said public schools will receive an extra $2.7 billion worth of Gonski needs-based funding over the life of the agreement between NSW and the federal government.
Their infrastructure upgrade figure sits at $7.4 billion with the intention to have all new schools equipped with a before and after school care facility. However the fee-free TAFE places are 100,000 less than that promised by the Coalition.
Transport and Infrastructure
The Coalition want to reduce the Opal card cap to $50 for regular users, and fast-track 17 new air-conditioned Waratah Series 2 trains.
Almost $1 billion will be put towards upgrading the Princess Highway, and another $480 million for western Sydney roads.
Labor is focusing on a new cultural institution in Western Sydney and retain the Powerhouse Museum, which will cost $500 million. They have also promised that taxpayers won’t pay for the Allianz Stadium rebuild.
They have made no promises regarding highway upgrades, but do plan on free public transport fares for school children up to the age of 16. This is paired with an $8 billion investment to fast-track Western Metro and $3 billion to improve the existing rail network.
The Coalition promise no-interest loans for 300,000 NSW homes who buy solar battery and battery systems.
Labor intends to support the installation of solar power to 500,000 households, and have a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030.
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