As the first hundred days of Albanese’s government ended on Monday, many media and analysts raced to evaluate the work of the prime minister and his ministers so far.
And while in some departments it is possible to see exactly what and how much has been done, in others it is less possible.
According to commentators, the Prime Minister promised too much in the elections, and the question is how he will implement everything.
The lack of vision in many areas is especially noticeable.
Economy and cost of living
The Albanese government seems to be dealing with this issue the hardest, because of the world situation, the steps taken by the Reserve Bank (RBA) and the former government.
The current picture in this area is really bleak: skyrocketing inflation, rising interest rates, falling real wages and a budget in a structural deficit.
A lot depends on the October budget and that is the only place where Albanese and Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers can do anything.
Namely, during the election race, they did not decide on a “brave” policy of economic reforms, fearing the possibility of not achieving it, so that it would backfire on them.
However, apart from combating tax avoidance by multinational companies, there are no other significant policies adopted.
Also, the third phase of personal income tax cuts will cost the budget $243 billion over a decade, but Labor is reluctant to change that because of an election promise.
Employment and Industrial Relations
The Fair Work Commission’s decision to raise the national minimum wage by 5.2 percent, which was supported by Albanians, was a major victory for the government.
However, now a problem arises, because it is clear that the industries have failed to ensure real wage growth and that something needs to be done.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions is pushing for bargaining rights across the sector at this week’s jobs and skills summit.
On the other hand, opposition leader Peter Dutton claims the proposal will return Australia to the widespread strikes of the 1970s.
Dutton has already latched onto Labor’s decision to scrap the Australian Construction Commission, and will now just look for other issues to portray Albanese as a union puppet.
The government needs to raise the annual migration limit from the current level of 160,000, to deal with the huge labor shortage.
As the media stated, the government is considering raising the level to 180,000 to 200,000, whereby qualified migration will remain at around 70 percent of the total number of new permanent migrants.
However, to ensure that the increased number of migrants does not come at the expense of wages and working conditions, the government will be obliged to do more to combat the exploitation of foreign workers.
Government Services Minister Bill Shorten has ousted key Liberal appointees to the National Disability Insurance Agency, ordered a review of fraudulent NDIS payments and called a Royal Commission into robo-debt.
Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth introduced legislation to ban cashless debit cards for welfare recipients, as well as domestic violence leave options, and promised to tackle online gambling.
However, Labor on the other hand has backtracked on a pre-election promise to review the rate of JobSeeker payments. It is hard to expect that people can live on $46 a day.
Climate and energy
Setting targets for reducing gas emissions by 2030 and 2050 with the support of Green and independent MPs was also an important victory.
But by approving more offshore oil and gas exploration, the government appears to have realized that medium- and long-term aspirations are at odds with the current state of affairs.
As concerns grow over gas shortages, the government will also need to consider pulling the trigger on export controls.
The indigenous question
If it succeeds in holding the “Voice of Indigenous Peoples” referendum, it will be the biggest step forward for the rights of indigenous people in this country since the High Court’s decision on the Mabo case.
Although it is too early to judge whether he will succeed, Albanese is given credit for his bravery.
Parliament and leadership
It is believed that Albaneze has so far shown that he can win the necessary votes in parliament to pass the law. On the other hand, there were only two weeks of meetings in the first 100 days.
Also, it is not clear what Albanese wants to achieve by investigating former Prime Minister Morrison, given the advice of the Solicitor General.
In addition, two royal commissions in the Tony Abbott era have shown that Australians do not appreciate hints of a witch hunt, but just want the new prime ministers to get on with the job at hand.
There is inconsistency in some of the government’s messaging about the pandemic. On the one hand, Albanians and Health Minister Mark Butler want to emphasize that covid is still with us and that we must remain vigilant.
On the other hand, the government canceled sick leave payments due to the pandemic and decided not to extend free rapid tests for concession card users.
In the end, Albanese reversed his stance on supporting the pandemic and extended the payment.
Commentators say it is hard to see where the Albanians and Foreign Minister Penny Wong have gone wrong on the international stage.
From attending the Quad meeting, just 24 hours after winning the elections, through the minister’s travels across the Pacific, to resetting relations with France.
However, one should be cautious about applauding, analysts say, because these were fairly simple successes.
Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.
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