Policy Watch: Liberal 2010 Election Promises

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Here’s Crikey’s detailed composition of the Liberal’s 2010 federal election campaign policies. The table immediately below shows the policies and the costings, including the total cost. Beneath the table is a more detailed measure of each individual policy.

DateCommitmentValue over 4
years $m
Cost to
Budget over 4 years $m
MayOpposition Budget reply budget
savings
0-9797
20-JulAdditional savings0-1180
21-JulExpansion of education rebate760760
23-JulCargo inspection93.193.1
25-JulNational Community Crime
Prevention Programme
5050
25-JulIncreased funding for
Productivity and Sustainability Commission
1616
26-JulReal action on child care8989
27-JulMackay ring road24030
27-JulMoreton Bay rail link7500
28-JulCorporate tax rate cut25502550
28-JulSmall business package
assistance
13.513.5
28-JulBusiness events tourism2828
29-JulViolent gang and knife crime179179
30-JulDisabilities314314
30-JulWater100100
31-JulADF medical and dental care77.577.5
1-AugAged care funding00
2-AugTourism6262
2-AugTownsville flood mitigation2121
3-AugPaid parental leave66006600
3-AugPPL levy0-6100
4-AugSenior incentive payments32.532.5
5-AugHealth – local hospital boards90.790.7
5-AugHealth – new hospital beds31003100
5-AugHealth – Nursing Professional
Development Fund
150150
5-AugHealth – nurse practitioner bonus1212
5-AugHealth – rural and remote nurse
practitioners
3.13.1
5-AugHealth – health and medical
research
200200
5-AugHealth – information and
compliance campaign
22
5-AugHealth – after hours GP services165165
5-AugHealth – chronic and complex care350350
5-AugHealth – practice nurses115115
5-AugHealth – MRI referral33
5-AugGP infrastructure grants200200
5-AugHigh speed rail study00
5-AugHealth – community health fund8585
7-AugBushfire early warning1010
10-AugOffshore processing00
10-AugBroadband61352000
10-AugCyber safety – net filter6060
10-AugCyber safety outreach program3030
10-AugNational bullying and cyber
bullying campaign
10.510.5
10-AugMinisterial Advisory Committee
on Social Networking
00
11-AugMurray-Darling Basin751.5751.5
11-AugWhale and dolphin protection
plan
11
12-AugOffice of Due Diligence00
12-AugSupporting veterans45.645.6
12-AugSupporting veterans – indexation
of Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme
1500198
12-AugFurther savings measures-1389-1389
13-AugQuality Education200200
13-AugSchool Technology Fund120120
13-AugAustralian technical Colleges740740
14-AugExploration Development Program1500
14-AugClean coal technologies158.30
14-AugSoil carbon450
14-AugBio-sequestration450
14-AugAlternative fuels2020
15-AugCentral Coast sports grounds33
16-AugViolent gangs1010
17-AugInfrastructure Partnership Bonds Scheme300300
17-AugLong-term unemployment00
18-AugInsulation Industry Assistance Package3030
18-AugAdditional savings-2210-2210
19-AugAuscorps Volunteering Program77
undatedOther disability programs14.714.7
undatedSupporting forest contractors2020
undatedBoost to Better Regions program350350
undatedAustralian Centre for Tropical Health and Medicine7.557.55
undatedFunding for SA roads49.549.5
undatedPrimary production R&D150150
undatedSaltbush planting2020
undatedFeral animal control2020
undatedBiosecurity flying squad1515
undatedOther regional/agriculture programs4141
undatedClean up Australia1010
undatedOther environmental programs3232
undatedArts programs70.6570.65
undatedWaterproofing Adelaide16.516.5
undatedIncrease Export Market Development Cap150150
undatedVarious governance reforms4141
undatedAdditional Innovation portfolio funding254.75254.75
Total24,571.95699.65

Commitment: Additional Innovation portfolio funding
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $254.75
Cost to budget: $254.75
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Various governance reforms
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $41m
Cost to budget: $41m
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Increase Export Market Development Cap
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $150m
Cost to budget: $150m
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Waterproofing Adelaide
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $16.5m
Cost to budget: $16.5m
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Arts programs
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $70.65m
Cost to budget: $70.65m
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Other environmental programs
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $32m
Cost to budget: $32m
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Clean up Australia
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $10m
Cost to budget: $10m
Description
: “Community clean-up grants and Clean Up Australia”
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Other regional/agriculture programs
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $41m
Cost to budget: $41m
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Biosecurity flying squad
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $15m
Cost to budget: $15m
Description
: No detail
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Feral animal control
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $20m
Cost to budget: $20m
Description
: No detail
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Saltbush planting
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $20m
Cost to budget: $20m
Description
: No detail
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Primary production R&D
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $150m
Cost to budget: $150m
Description
: No detail
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Funding for SA roads
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $49.5m
Cost to budget: $49.5m
Description
: Funding for local councils
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Australian Centre for Tropical Health and Medicine
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $7.55m
Cost to budget: $7.55m
Description
: No detail
Further information: Funding unclear

Commitment: Boost to Better Regions program
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $350m
Cost to budget: $350m
Description
: No detail
Further information: Funding unclear

Commitment: Supporting forest contractors
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $20m
Cost to budget: $20m
Description
: Support for Tasmanian forestry industry
Further information: Funding unclear

Commitment: Other disability programs
Date: undated
Value $m over 4 years: $14.7m
Cost to budget: $14.7m
Description
:
Further information: Funding indicated in final costings table

Commitment: Auscorps Volunteering Program
Date: 19 August
Value $m over 4 years: $7m
Cost to budget: $7m
Description
: Pilot program for volunteers
Further information: Funding not mentioned, press release appears to suggest funding from Carbon Capture and Storage redirection

Commitment: Additional savings
Date: 18 August
Value $m over 4 years: -$2210m
Cost to budget: -$2210m
Description
: Additional round of savings
Further information:

Commitment: Insulation Industry Assistance Package
Date: 18 August
Value $m over 4 years: $30m
Cost to budget: $30m
Description
: Assist insulation industry
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Long-term unemployment
Date: 17 August
Value $m over 4 years: $0
Cost to budget: $0
Description
: Job Seeker Relocation Payment and Job Commitment Bonus
Further information: Assumed to be revenue neutral

Commitment: Infrastructure Partnership Bonds Scheme
Date: 17 August
Value $m over 4 years: $300m
Cost to budget: $300m
Description
: AOFM to consider scheme capped at $150m pa
Further information: Commencement 2012

Commitment: Violent gangs
Date: 16 August
Value $m over 4 years: $10m
Cost to budget: $10m
Description
: Violent Gangs Squad in Western Sydney
Further information: Funding not mentioned, press release appears to suggest funding from Carbon Capture and Storage redirection

Commitment: Central Coast sports grounds
Date: 15 August
Value $m over 4 years: $3m
Cost to budget: $3m
Description
: Upgrade of sports facilities
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Alternative fuels
Date: 14 August
Value $m over 4 years: $20m
Cost to budget: $20m
Description
: Biofuel and LNG research
Further information: Offset by other savings

Commitment: Bio-sequestration
Date:14 August
Value $m over 4 years: $45m
Cost to budget: $0
Description
: Algae research
Further information: Redirected from Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships

Commitment: Soil carbon
Date: 14 August
Value $m over 4 years: $45m
Cost to budget: $0
Description
: Soil carbon research
Further information: Redirected from Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships

Commitment: Clean coal technologies
Date: 14 August
Value $m over 4 years: $158.3m
Cost to budget: $0
Description
: Carbon sequestration projects
Further information: Redirected from Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships

Commitment: Exploration Development Program
Date: 14 August
Value $m over 4 years: $150m
Cost to budget: $0
Description
: Tax credits for small miners
Further information: Funding not mentioned, press release appears to suggest funding from Carbon Capture and Storage redirection

Commitment: Australian technical Colleges
Date: 13 August
Value $m over 4 years: $740m
Cost to budget: $740m
Description
: Funding for up to 30 technical colleges with integration of Trade Training Centres into new network
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: School Technology Fund
Date: 13 August
Value $m over 4 years: $120m
Cost to budget: $120m
Description
: Funding for schools to purchase technology infrastructure
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Quality Education
Date: 13 August
Value $m over 4 years: $200m
Cost to budget: $200m
Description
: Better Teacher Reward Fund
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Further savings measures
Date: 12 August
Value $m over 4 years: -$1.389b
Cost to budget: -$1.389b
Description
: Additional round of savings
Further information: Adoption of Labor savings measures

Commitment: Supporting veterans – indexation of Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme
Date: 12 August
Value $m over 4 years: $1.5b
Cost to budget:
$198m ($98m immediately, $100 in the Future Fund for costs in out-years)
Description
:
Confirmation of 27 June commitment; independent advice indicates cost significantly greater than Coalition commitment
Further information: Andrew Robb: “We will put in $100 million and we will put in future instalments which will cover it.”

Commitment: Supporting veterans
Date: 12 August
Value $m over 4 years: $45.6m
Cost to budget:
$45.6m
Description
: Increased assistance to veterans
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Office of Due Diligence
Date: 12 August
Value $m over 4 years: $0
Cost to budget:
$0
Description
:
Establishment of a unit within PM&C
Further information: Funding “very modest”, no extra staff

Commitment: Whale and dolphin protection plan
Date: 11 August
Value $m over 4 years: $1m
Cost to budget: $1m
Description
: A Three Point Whale and Dolphin Protection Plan.
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Murray-Darling Basin Plan
Date: 11 August
Value $m over 4 years: $751.5m
Cost to budget: $751.5m
Description
: Irrigation infrastructure, water buybacks and an open-ended commitment to “bridge the gap” when the MDBA plan is released
Further information: Funding unclear

Commitment: Ministerial Advisory Committee on Social Networking
Date: 10 August
Value $m over 4 years: $0
Cost to budget:
$0
Description
: “So that companies providing sites like Facebook and Twitter work with government to limit the potential harm that inappropriate use of Social Networking can cause.”
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: National bullying and cyber bullying campaign
Date: 10 August
Value $m over 4 years: $10.5m
Cost to budget:
$10.5m
Description
: $10.5 million over four years to address the well-founded concerns parents have about the use of new social media sites.
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Cyber safety outreach program
Date: 10 August
Value $m over 4 years: $30m
Cost to budget:
$30m
Description
: Expand successful community Cyber-Safety outreach programs
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Cyber safety – net filter
Date: 10 August
Value $m over 4 years: $60m
Cost to budget:
$60m
Description
: Internet filtering provided free to families
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Broadband
Date: 10 August
Value $m over 4 years: $6.135b
Cost to budget: $2b
Description
:
Establishment of National Broadband Commission and investment in regional backhaul fibre
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Offshore processing
Date: 10 August
Value $m over 4 years: $0
Cost to budget:
$0
Description
: Establishment of offshore processing centre on Nauru; “Pacific Solution” estimated to cost $1b over 5 years
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Bushfire early warning
Date: 7 August
Value $m over 4 years: $10m
Cost to budget: $10m
Description
: Early fire detection system in Victoria
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Community health fund
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $85m
Cost to budget: $85m
Description
: Community Health Fund will provide direct funding to boost health-related infrastructure and services at local level.
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: High speed rail study
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $0
Cost to budget:
$0
Description
: Feasibility into high speed rail
Further information: Funding not mentioned; Labor cost is $20m, Greens cost $10m.

Commitment: GP infrastructure grants
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $200m
Cost to budget:
$200m
Description
: Funding for practice infrastructure
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: MRI referral
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $3m
Cost to budget:
$3m
Description
:
Development of referral protocols and criteria
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Practice nurses
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $115m
Cost to budget:
$115m
Description
: Rebates for practice nurses
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Chronic and complex care
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $350m
Cost to budget:
$350m
Description
: Rebates for longer GP consultations
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: After hours GP services
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $165m
Cost to budget:
$165m
Description
: Increase Medicare rebates for after hours services
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Information and compliance campaign
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $2m
Cost to budget:
$2m
Description
: Improve rates of informed consent
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Health and medical research
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $200m
Cost to budget:
$200m
Description
: We will work with researchers to determine research area priorities and develop a new funding structure that appropriately indexes funding.
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Rural and remote nurse practitioners
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $3.1m
Cost to budget:
$3.1m
Description
: For nurse practitioners study
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Nurse practitioner bonus
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $12m
Cost to budget: $12m
Description
: For nurse practitioners in remote communities
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Nursing Professional Development Fund
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $150m
Cost to budget: $150m
Description
: Support nurses to improve their skills
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: New hospital beds
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $3.1b
Cost to budget: $3.1b
Description
: 2800 new hospital beds (includes 800 previously-announced beds)
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Local hospital boards
Date: 5 August
Value $m over 4 years: $90.7m
Cost to budget: $90.7m
Description
: Community boards for hospitals
Further information: Offset by savings from Govt health plan

Commitment: Seniors incentives payments
Date: 4 August
Value $m over 4 years: $32.5m
Cost to budget:
$32.5
Description
:
Range of retirement income measures
Further information:
Comment from stakeholders

Commitment: Paid Parental Leave levy
Date: 3 August
Value $m over 4 years: $0m
Cost to budget:
-$6.1b
Description
:
Levy on business with revenue greater than $5m
Further information:
Comment from stakeholders

Commitment: Paid Parental Leave
Date: 3 August
Value $m over 4 years: $6.6b
Cost to budget:
$6.6b
Description
:
Overhauled scheme with greater costs, commencing a year later than scheduled on 1 July 2012
Further information: To be funded by PPL levy

Commitment: Townsville flood mitigation
Date: 2 August
Value $m over 4 years: $21m
Cost to budget:
$21m
Description
:
One off capital works in North Townsville
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Tourism
Date:
2 August
Value $m over 4 years:
$62m
Cost to budget:
$62m
Description
:
Funding for regional tourism and tourism infrastructure
Further information:
Funding not mentioned
Comment from stakeholders

Commitment: Aged care funding
Date: 2 August
Value $m over 4 years: $0m
Cost to budget:
$0m
Description
:
Re-allocation of Government aged care funding
Further information:
Comment from stakeholders

Commitment: ADF medical and dental care
Date: 31 July
Value $m over 4 years: $77.5m
Cost to budget:
$77.5m
Description
:
Free basic medical and dental care for ADF families
Further information: Funding not mentioned

Commitment: Violent gang and knife crime
Date: 29 July
Value $m over 4 years: $179m
Cost to budget:
$179m
Description
:
Package of anti-gang and anti-crime measures
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Support for business events tourism
Date: 28 July
Value $m over 4 years: $28m
Cost to budget:
$28m
Description
:
More money for Tourism Australia and business tourism events funding
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Small business package
Date: 28 July
Value $m over 4 years: $13.5m
Cost to budget:
$13.5m
Description
:
Package of measures to assist small business
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Corporate tax cut
Date: 28 July
Value $m over 4 years: $2550m
Cost to budget:
$2550m
Description
:
Reduction of corporate tax rate to 28.5% from 2013
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Moreton Bay rail link
Date: 27 July
Value $m over 4 years: $750m
Cost to budget:
$0m
Description
:
Similar to Labor commitment; funding to be provided from 2015
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Mackay ring road
Date: 27 July
Value $m over 4 years: $30m
Cost to budget:
$30m
Description
:
Commencement of road project, ultimate cost $240
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Increased funding for Productivity and Sustainability Commission
Date: 25 July
Value $m over 4 years: 16
Cost to budget:
16
Description
:
Part of immigration package.
Further information: No funding offset.
Comments from stakeholders

Commitment: National Community Crime Prevention Programme
Date: 25 July
Value $m over 4 years: 50
Cost to budget:
50
Description
:
A full-blooded, sustained national approach to community crime prevention.
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Cargo inspection
Date: 23 July
Value $m over 4 years: 93.1
Cost to budget: 93.1
Description
:
To enable Customs to inspect an estimated additional 52,500 sea cargo consignments and at least 7.5 million additional air cargo consignments.
Further information: No funding offset.

Commitment: Expansion of education rebate
Date: 21 July
Value $m over 4 years: 760
Cost to budget: 760
Description
:
Extension of education rebate to private school fees, tuition fees etc.
Further information: No funding offset.
Comments from stakeholders

Commitment: Additional savings
Date: 20 July
Value $m over 4 years: 0
Cost to budget:
-1180
Description
:
Further savings identified by Coalition

Commitment: Oppn Budget reply budget savings
Date: May
Value $m over 4 years: 0
Cost to budget:
-13597
Description
:
Measures announced by Abbott and Robb following Budge