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A survey conducted by Triple J found that 44% of Australian young people believe that there is no difference between the two major parties.

Another study from the University of Adelaide found that young people, between 18 and 24, are the most likely to vote informally, i.e. waste their vote. So let’s change this with a quick analysis of the Liberal, Labor and Green views on five major issues.

 

Education

The Coalition – the Liberal Party of Australia and the National Party of Australia

  • 2014 Federal Budget proposed full university fee deregulation to allow universities to set their own fees, this was met with strong opposition but the idea of partial deregulation is currently under discussion within the Coalition.
  • 2016 Federal Budget proposed a ‘small increase’ in student contributions towards degrees or cutting government contributions to higher education by 20%, but this has been delayed until 2018.

Australian Labor Party

Australian Greens

 

Marriage equality

Coalition

Labor

  • Shorten has announced that amending the Marriage ACT to recognise same-sex couples would be his first piece of legislation as Prime Minister.

Greens

 

Climate change

Coalition

Labor

Greens

 

Housing affordability

Coalition

  • Will not change the current negative gearing policies or the capital gains tax discount but will target zoning and land release laws to increase housing supply and in turn housing affordability.

Labor

  • Limit negative gearing to only new housing while allowing losses from some investments to be used to offset investment income tax liabilities.
  • Want to halve the capital gains tax discount, which according to them will increase the budget by $32.1 billion over ten years.

Greens

 

Refugees

Coalition

Labor

Greens

 

There you have it, major differences between major parties. If you’re still unsure, take two minutes to fill out Vote Compass or I Side With, which will tell you the party your views align with. The youth vote could determine who wins this election. So please, this weekend, make an informed decision.