Election 2022: Labor releasing new policies while defending costings of others

By Tom Ravlic

April 19, 2022

Anthony Albanese
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The Australian Labor Party has hit out at what it says are dodgy claims of cost increases for households using power under its energy and climate plans, while also launching several policies as it continues with week two of the federal election campaign.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese launched two key policies before he and other opposition spokespeople disputed government modelling of Labor’s energy policy.

Albanese said Disaster Relief Australia, an organisation set up by veterans of defence forces in 2016, would receive $38.1 million over three years to assist communities working to recover from natural disasters.

The funding would be used to bring 5,200 volunteers to the disaster-relief body and that means the group would have a total of 6,700 veterans working to help communities recover.

“They already provide support to some 1,500 veterans. Using the skills that they learned through their membership of the Australian Defence Force to help not just Australians but people overseas as well to deal with recovery from floods, from cyclones, from bushfires,” Albanese said.

He also said the National Disability Insurance Scheme would be revised to ensure that people who need services do not get their access to providers cut.  He also plans on increasing the staffing cap at the National Disability Insurance Authority in order to reduce the use of outsourced staff.

Albanese said a Labor government would seek to review the NDIS in order to reduce the need for people to fight legal cases in order to ensure that they get the benefits they need under the scheme.

“Labor’s plan to defend the NDIS goes to issues including boosting efficiency, but also making sure that we oppose any unfair cuts which are there,” he said.

Albanese also responded to claims in the media that the Labor energy plan featuring the use of renewable energy would cost Australians $560 more a year, when the Labor plan released late last year showed it would provide an average benefit of $275 to households.

He said the Labor plan had been modelled by RepuTex that said the net result of its measures would lead to emissions being reduced by 43% by 2030.


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