In an unprecedented exclusive, I am proud to announce that I have uncovered the policy platform that the NSW Coalition plans to take to the voters in 2011!
This comprehensive document, with 53 separate policies, covers a complete range of policy areas, from industrial relations, health, education and justice through to energy and climate change, forests and wilderness, and water.
It seems that the NSW Coalition was intending a ‘rolling launch’ for this document, and parts have already been released.So far from what I can tell, the follow parts have been publicly announced:
Energy: The document states they will “oppose privatisation of any aspect of the electricity industry” (Public Ownership, part 15), announced by the Coalition August 28, 2008.
NSW Lotteries privatisation: The document states that “Public assets are in some cases undervalued and sold off too cheaply” (Public Ownership Policy, part 2),and this policy was announced June 25, 2009.
Education: The document states that “Test results should be used to assess and promote individual student learning and should not be made available for other purposes.” (Education, point 10), “”Student test results are not to be used in any way that allows the production of “league tables” that would pit school community against school community, or to identify individual students in public.” (Education, point 25), and that “while mass skills testing occurs there should be no publication of the results and/or use of the results of mass skills testing for competitively oriented educational policies.” (Education, point 26). This policy was announced June 25, 2009.
Climate Change: The document states the committment to “removing barriers to decentralised and distributed energy generation such as rooftop solar”, (Climate Change, point 41) and this was announced October 1, 2008.
Transport: The document states that “People have the right to cheap, efficient and safe public transport” (transport, point 3), and the NSW Liberal Webpage states that “The Liberal/Nationals Coalition strongly believes that every person in NSW deserves access to public transport”
I’m also sure that our policy in supporting taxpayer funded travel for school children is in there somewhere, but I can’t find it as of yet, and I’m sure more have been released, so drop me a line if you can link any other NSW Coalition policies to this document.
In any event, we are happy to say that we have been able to uncover the whole thing, so you know what to expect in the next two years!
To see for yourself the NSW Coalition 2011 policy manifesto in its entirety, just follow this link. Seriously, check it out. You’ll be amazed…
UPDATE: Look, I know that these are all Coalition policies and all, the whole point of this post falls through if you don’t actually click the link. Seriously, follow this link. It’s an exclusive after all!