Policy Comparator

The issue of how best to deal with asylum seekers seeking to reach Australia by boat is one of the most controversial. 
Melissa Phillips

Disability care is an area of broad agreement between the major parties. Maria Rae

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

Transport is shaping as arguably the defining issue of the 2014 campaign. Roads versus rail? Public transport capacity and frequency? We lay out the parties' policy and statements.

Broadband remains a key point of difference between Labor and the Coalition’s policies going into the election. The Greens support Labor's NBN. Rod Tucker

Education continues to be a hot topic in this election. Labor has identifed this area as the cornerstone of their campagin, pledging $1.3 billion towards education funding. The Liberals claim this is an empty promise. Who can best secure the future of Victoria's schools?

Getting to the heart of the parties' policies is not as easy as you might think. Learn about the struggles the Election Watch team encountered on the hunt for policy.

Both the Coaltion and ALP have agreed to build Australia’s first stand-alone cardiac hospital - but the debate still continues in other areas of the health sector. See here some of the key issues at the heart of the election campaign.

Revenue from mining is central to the Australian economy. Where do the Coalition, ALP and Greens stand? 
Professor John Freebairn

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.

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.

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

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?
 

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

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