LABOR TACKLING THE NATION’S HOTTEST ISSUES

The Australian Labor Party’s 47th National Conference was held in Melbourne last weekend.

Roughly occurring every three years, delegates and party members from across Australia come together over three days to debate and decide Labor's National Platform for the years ahead.

This year’s conference was built upon Labor’s vision for opportunity, and was all about planning for the future- something that the Abbott Government struggles with.

The Australian Labor Party is at its best when we work collaboratively with one another and last weekend was a testament to this, and to the vision of our leader Bill Shorten.

The Australian Labor Party’s 47th National Conference was held in Melbourne last weekend.

Roughly occurring every three years, delegates and party members from across Australia come together over three days to debate and decide Labor's National Platform for the years ahead.

Australia faces big challenges in terms of growing jobs, safeguarding sustainability and our environment, and meeting the health and education needs of our communities.

Discussing these challenges of course, presents differences of opinion- but we respect each other’s position, because unlike the Liberal Party, Labor isn’t about conformity, we encourage open debate.

I’m proud to be part of a modern, democratic and confident party that puts open debate at the centre of decision making. It’s better for our policy making and for our nation.

This year’s conference was built upon Labor’s vision for opportunity, and was all about planning for the future- something that the Abbott Government struggles with.

The Australian Labor Party is at its best when we work collaboratively with one another and last weekend was a testament to this, and to the vision of our leader Bill Shorten.

We questioned each other, made decisions together, backed each other and emerged with our values of fairness and opportunity revitalised and renewed.

Amongst the fantastic policies that were unanimously endorsed by the conference were some hotly debated issues–

Renewable Energy

Labor believes in climate change and we’re committed to tackling it head on so we don’t leave all the heavy lifting to future generations. By 2030 Labor aims to ensure the nation generates 50% of our electricity by renewable energy.

Gender equality

Labor has always argued for fairness which is why we pledged to boost the number of female MPs in the party to 50% by 2025. Women now make up 43.3 per cent of Labor MPs in all lower houses across the country. Something we should be very proud of, but there is still work to be done.

Marriage equality

Labor recommitted to a conscience vote on the issue of same-sex marriage until 2019. Leader Bill Shorten promised to introduce legislation for same-sex marriage within the first 100 days of a Labor Shorten Government.

Immigration

Compassion must be extended past those in our line of sight to everybody who is affected by our policies. Labor announced it will: double the refugee intake to 27,000 people a year, significantly improve conditions for detainees, contribute $450 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, abolish temporary protection visas, and appoint an independent children’s advocate.