Policy Comparator

Defence is generally seen as one of the main purposes of a government. How do the main parties differ?
Derek McDougall

With around 30,000 people rallying for climate action in Melbourne in September, the environment has continued to be a major part of the political debate both nationally and statewide.

Both the ALP and Coalition say the economy is their main priority. But how will they fund their promises? Professor John Freebairn.

Protecting Melbourne's green wedges, enforcing trespass laws on animal activists, and building a centre for almond research are just a few of the campaign promises this election.

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Victoria has the highest unemployment rate in mainland Australia. The ALP has pledged to create 100,000 jobs if it's voted in. The Coaltion is promising 200,000. What are their plans for job growth?
 

Health policy covers many aspects. Click through to compare the major parties' policies on mental health (Professor Patrick McGorry) and the vaccination of children (Associate Professor Damian Purcell, Professor Dale Godfrey)

In 2011, Australia joined other OECD countries by offering a Paid Parental Leave scheme. With alternate policies being proposed by the Coalition and Greens, PPL is an important point of policy difference.  Professor Anne Kavanagh and Dr Cameryn Garrett.

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Education is always a key issue for voters. Click through for analysis on where the ALP and Coalition stand.
Professor Field Rickards

Indigenous disadvantage has been an intractable problem. How do the major parties intend to tackle it? 
Maria Rae

Climate change can be an emotional topic. In 2007, Kevid Rudd called it the 'great moral challenge of our generation'. Where do the three major parties stand this year?
Lisa Caripis
 

Is it realistic to try to turn northern Australia into a "food bowl"? Dr Chris Taylor

Foreign aid is often vulnerable to being cut to find budget savings in other areas.
Dr Bina Fernandez

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