Australians have made a lot of sacrifices over the past two years.
It was hard.
The essential workers in the services on which we all depend have done so relentlessly.
Our health workers did it doggedly.
Small businesses have struggled. The school students and their parents did it hard.
The hardships Australians endured have been needlessly prolonged by the failures of the federal government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been too slow to secure COVID vaccines or create the quarantine system needed to secure Australians and allow a rapid return to normal life.
This is why life is returning to normal for the people of Europe and the United States as a majority of Australians remain confined to their homes.
This is hitting Australian migrant communities hard.
So many Australian families miss the opportunity to receive visits from relatives from their home country. Children miss seeing their parents and grandparents.
It was also disappointing to see the federal government wasting $ 13 billion in taxpayer dollars paying JobKeeper to companies that actually increased their profits during the pandemic.
The beneficiaries included companies like Louis Vuitton, which sent this money abroad to enrich its foreign owners.
That $ 13 billion could have been used for so many things to improve our country. This is more than what the federal government spends each year on public schools or affordable child care centers.
We cannot change the mistakes of the past. But we can do better in the future.
Labor intends to use the post-COVID reconstruction phase to make a real difference in the daily lives of Australians.
The pandemic has reminded us that the basis of people’s standard of living is secure employment.
About 3.4 million Australians do not have secure work – casual, concert workers, self-employed, short-term contract workers – and underemployment is 8.3 percent.
Too many Australians don’t know what they will gain from week to week. This makes it difficult to plan or qualify for a home loan.
Labor will put secure work back at the center of our employment system, explicitly inserting the concept into the Fair Work Act.
We will end the exploitation of casual workers, provide a better deal for pay-as-you-go workers, and end wage theft by introducing criminal penalties for employers who rip off their workers.
We will legislate a right to ten days of paid leave for domestic and domestic violence, because women victims of domestic violence should not have to choose between leaving an abusive relationship and keeping their jobs.
When work is safer, Australian workers can have the confidence to spend money to stimulate the Australian economy, spur growth and create more jobs.
Any Australian who wants to work should be able to find work.
A government that I lead will commission a white paper on full employment and organize an Australian jobs summit.
It will bring together experts from across government, industry and the labor movement to create a model for a better working system, removing barriers to people working as many hours as they want, at pay that allows them to live, and help them reach their full potential goals.
The Australians just want to move on. The employment system must help them progress, not hinder them.
One of the main barriers to greater labor market participation for young families is the cost of child care.
The work would make childcare cheaper for 97% of Australian families – raising the maximum childcare subsidy to 90% and removing the unfair system that costs many women money if they want to work an extra day.
We are also accelerating progress towards closing the gender pay gap that results in many women being paid less than men for similar work, including by strengthening the capacity and capacity of the Fair Work Commission to order increases. wage rates for workers in low-wage, female-dominated industries.
Getting more people to work, making it safer and increasing wages are all important goals that will help our country to rebuild itself stronger.
But it does not mean anything if people cannot access decent housing or if the housing to which they have access is unaffordable.
That’s why Labor would create the Housing Australia Future Fund, a $ 10 billion investment in social and affordable housing.
In the first five years, it will build 20,000 new social housing units and 10,000 new affordable housing units for frontline workers like police, nurses and cleaners.
Australia is a great nation. But as we move away from the hardships of the pandemic, we have an opportunity to use the rebuilding phase to make it even bigger.
The Morrison government has no program to build a better Australia.
Mr. Morrison’s agenda doesn’t stretch any further than his next photoshoot.
Labor has a plan for a better future – a plan for more jobs, more job security and more opportunities for Australians to move forward and build a better future for themselves and their families.
Anthony Albanese is the leader of the Australian Labor Party
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