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Scorecard

Valid as of 16/05/2022

PHAA is a non-partisan, non-governmental organisation. This scorecard reports on the alignment of each party’s policies with the PHAA Federal Election Campaign seven key focus areas.

A survey was sent to the three major parties asking for their policy positions on the PHAA seven focus areas.

PHAA has received written responses from the Liberal National Coalition, Labor, and the Greens.

If any party or reader believes that PHAA have misrepresented a party’s position, please contact us at policy@phaa.net.au

PHAA CEO, Adjunct Prof Terry Slevin, explains the scorecard of the major parties’ positions across our seven key areas of action.

2022 Federal Election Scorecard

Focus AreaCoalitionLaborGreens

Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health

Invest in preventive health

Invest in the national public health workforce

Establish a Centre for Disease Control & Prevention

Protect against unhealthy products

Climate and health

Healthy democracy and public policy-making

Key:

Party policies align with PHAA focus area actions.

Party policies partially align with PHAA focus area actions.

Party either has policies that conflict with PHAA focus area actions, or, to our knowledge, has no policy position on the PHAA focus area.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Scorecard explained

The Coalition states on their election platform that they will:

In their letter to PHAA, the Coalition states that:

In regard to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the Coalition Government has supported continuing dialogue on the design of a Voice to Parliament.

In their letter to PHAA, the Coalition states that:

However, the latter comment relates only to unspecified “recognition”; the Prime Minister has stated during the campaign that the Government does not support holding a referendum to constitutionally enshrine a Voice to Parliament.

Labor policy manifesto stated that the party will:

Labor’s response to PHAA further states that:

Labor released (24 April 2022) more detailed commitments stating that they will:

Labor’s response to PHAA further states that:

The Greens‘ response to PHAA’s survey states that they commit to:

The Greens also:

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Invest in preventive health
Scorecard explained

Coalition: The National Preventive Health Strategy 2021-2030, published by the current Coalition Government in December 2021, commits to the following statement:

However, minimal actions have so far been announced and funded, and the Coalition’s election policies on preventive health (see Item 11) and letter to the PHAA do not refer to the target of 5%. The policy statement and letter do refer to initiatives announced in the 2022 Budget, including that a Coalition government will:

Labor’s response to PHAA states that:

This makes the NPHS – released by the current government in December 2021 – a bipartisan policy, which is a welcome development. The NPHS includes a national target of 5% of health expenditure being dedicated to preventive health by no later than 2030, and commitments to many other measures to reduce chronic diseases.

The Greens‘ response to PHAA’s survey states that they:

The Greens have also released a Prioritising Prevention policy statement which includes commitments that the Greens will:

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Invest in the national public health workforce
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Coalition: In their survey response letter to PHAA, the Coalition notes that:

However, the investments in health workforce, while welcome, relate to the general health workforce, not the public health workforce which PHAA is highlighting.

Labor: In their survey response to PHAA, Labor notes that the party has made policy commitments to university places and workforce growth in the general health and aged care workforce. However Labor did not specifically identify public health as a workforce needing growth.

The Greens’ response to PHAA’s survey states that they propose:

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Establish a Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
Scorecard explained

On Coalition policy, outgoing Health Minister Greg Hunt MP responded in a letter to PHAA (27 March 2022) that the Government did not support establishing a CDC, stating that:

In their survey response letter to PHAA, the Coalition does not address the proposal to create a CDC.

Labor has stated that if elected, it would:

The Greens have stated in their election platform that they would:

The Greens’ response to PHAA’s survey further states that they will:

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Protect against unhealthy products
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Coalition:

In their survey response letter to PHAA, the Coalition notes that:

On the issue of volumetric equalising of alcohol tax, which PHAA calls for, the Coalition survey response states that:

On the issue of a levy on sugar-sweetened products, which PHAA calls for, the Coalition survey response states that:

Labor: In their response to PHAA, Labor writes that:

The Greens‘ response to PHAA’s survey states that they:

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Climate and health
Scorecard explained

Note relevant to all parties: To assist readers in making assessments of the three parties, we refer to the Climate and Health Alliance, which has examined policies in more depth and provided a more detailed scoring of the policies of major parties on climate and health issues here.

The Coalition has stated commitments that it will:

The same policy states that the Government is:

The Coalition, which has been in government since 2013, also states that the Government’s existing “technology-driven Long Term Emissions Reduction Plan sets out a credible pathway to net zero by 2050”, and that existing policy is “on track to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and we have a clear plan to achieve it, focused on technologies and not taxes.”

In their response to PHAA, Labor states that:

Labor has further released stated policies to bring about emissions reductions including:

The Greens‘ response to PHAA’s survey states that they:

The Greens’ online policy also states that their plan includes:

The Greens’ response to PHAA’s survey further states that they would:

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Healthy democracy and public policy-making
Scorecard explained

The Coalition had, in 2018, announced a commitment to establishing a Commonwealth Integrity Commission to fight corruption during the 2019-22 Parliament. However, this was not implemented. The Coalition has released a draft version of legislation and states that it will seek support for it from Parliament in the next term.

In their survey response letter to PHAA, the Coalition notes the existing obligations of ministers in dealing with lobbyists, and regarding disclosure of political donations, but the Coalition does not propose any new policies. The response does not indicate any support for PHAA’s call for banning of political donations from unhealthy industry sectors, such as tobacco, alcohol, sugar, gambling, and fossil fuels.

In their response to PHAA, Labor states that:

Labor has previously supported in Parliament important reforms to political finance – such as stronger disclosure threshold and timing rules. Their Platform (p 70-71) states that Labor will:

The Labor survey response does not indicate any specific proposals to reform regulation of lobbying, and does not indicate any support PHAA’s call for banning of political donations from unhealthy industry sectors, such as tobacco, alcohol, sugar, gambling, and fossil fuels.

Labor has also expressed a commitment to a National Anti-Corruption Commission, as stated on their website:

The Greens‘ response to PHAA’s survey states that they will:

The Greens’ online policies also state the following:

The policy also lists the following actions:

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