2010 - Coalition
2010 Coalition Defence Statement – The Coalition's plan for real action for Veterans and their Families
The Coalition committed to new indexation arrangements for members of the Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits schemes and to remove out-of-pocket expenses for pharmaceuticals for disabled veterans.
The Coalition said it would formally recognise veteran widows by establishing a support website, conducting a national awareness campaign and erecting a national memorial. It also pledged to develop a program to identify, contact and encourage eligible Indigenous war widows to apply for their entitlements.
In supporting defence families, the paper committed to enhancing the assistance available to Defence personnel and their families during the transition from the ADF to the general community. It also stated it would expand the Building Excellence in Support and Training and Training and Information programs.
In addition, the Coalition committed to a review of military compensation arrangements, conducting a National Service records audit, supporting the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, building a Montevideo Maru memorial, continued support for the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council and bringing missing in action veterans’ home.
2010 Coalition Defence Statement – The Coalition's plan for real action to Support Defence
The Coalition’s plan to support Defence emphasised its response to genuine priorities within a framework of responsible financial management.
The key announcements included that the Coalition would acquire three Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in 2015–16 and provide $4 million towards the establishment of a Defence Industry Advocate to assist the Australian Defence industry in dealing with DMO.
Another key policy announcement was the commitment of $77.5 million towards the provision of free basic health and dental care to ADF members and their dependents.
The paper signalled the Coalition’s support for the ADF Gap Year Program, with resources allocated to increase the yearly intake of the program. Additionally, the Coalition said it would develop a Defence Reserves Green Paper to review the potential greater utilisation of Reserves and examine remuneration, taxation and superannuation arrangements.
The plan for Defence also announced that the Coalition would create a new medal called the Governor-General’s Cross.
2010 Coalition Foreign Affairs Statement – The Coalition's plan for real action on Foreign Affairs
The Coalition’s plan for foreign affairs stated that it would strengthen relations with key partners and refocus foreign policy on the advancement of Australia’s core strategic and economic interests.
The US, Japan, China, India and Indonesia were identified as key regional partners to Australia. Significant policies included advancing free trade negotiations with Japan and a preparedness to export uranium to India.
The paper emphasised working with and improving regional institutions, with particular focus on the Indian Ocean rim. The Coalition announced that it would not proceed with Labor’s UN Security Council bid, but that it supported the G20, established regional Asia–Pacific bodies, the Commonwealth of Nations and various UN organisations including the World Trade Organization.
The paper stated that the Coalition would increase foreign aid spending to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income by 2015–16 and that a Minister for International
Development would be appointed to oversee Australia’s foreign aid effort.
The Coalition stated that it would reverse cuts to consular services and undertake a review of Australia’s diplomatic resources to determine whether appropriate weight was afforded to issues, countries and organisations important to Australia’s strategic and economic interests.
In building understanding, Coalition said it would encourage foreign language study in schools and promote greater international student exchange.
The Coalition said it would seek to establish more bilateral ministerial-level Human Rights Dialogues with regional nations. It would also work with female political leaders in the region and establish a forum for dialogue and action on common interests.
2010 Coalition National Security Statement – Restoring Sovereignty and Control to Our Borders Policy Directions Statement
A central feature of the Coalition's border security policy involved turning back boats and/or their passengers to their point of departure or an alternative third country destination.
If elected, the Coalition promised to engage in government-to-government level discussions to find alternative offshore processing and detention options for illegal boat arrivals in another country. The offshore processing and detention would become the preferred place of detention for illegal arrivals on vessels captured by Border Protection Command. The Coalition had a preference for a facility to be run by the International Organisation for Migration, which would include support from regional countries.
The Coalition committed to work to clarify the legal status of 'off shore entry persons’ under the Migration Act, when transferred to the mainland. This would also include introducing changes to the ‘transitory person’ provisions in the Migration Act for all offshore entry persons detained on Christmas Island. The Coalition's proposal involved only transitory persons being transferred to the Australian mainland, who would be returned to their offshore location within six months.
The Coalition supported the permanent resettlement of people under its Refugee and Humanitarian programme. The Coalition had a preference for applications for humanitarian visas and protection to be undertaken offshore via the UNHCR or by those lawfully in Australia.
If re-elected, the Coalition pledged to re-introduce temporary protection visas (TPVs) and lift the discriminatory suspension of assessment of asylum claims of those from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The TPVs would be provided for a period between six months and three years. TPV holders would also have access to Medicare and work rights. If the TPV holder could not attain work, access to income support would be provided (subject to mutual obligation requirements). TPV holders of more than 12 months would been given access to settlement services and been required to undertake mandatory settlement programs, such as English language classes, to assist with their integration.
The Coalition also planned to re-introduce the 45-day rule, which required applicants to lodge an application for a protection visa within 45 days of arrival in order to have access to Medicare and work rights.
2010 Coalition National Security Statement - The Coalition's Policy for Population and Immigration
The Coalition pledged to establish ‘Guard Rails’ for population growth. A renamed Productivity and Sustainability Commission would set clear parameters on population growth bands thought to be sustainable.
A feature of the Coalition's proposed policy on population and immigration was a commitment to reduce Australia’s annual rate of population growth to 1.4 per cent within its first term. This would include a reduction of the annual rate of net overseas migration from 298,924 in 2008–09 to less than 170,000 per year at the end of their first term in office.
The Coalition guaranteed that two-thirds of the permanent migration programme would be for skilled migration purposes. They also pledged to limit the level of employer nominated skills migration and temporary business visas (457s) to the same levels that they inherited from the preceding government. In addition, the Coalition committed to attempt to liberalise temporary business visa (457s) arrangements by making them more accessible to business.
The Coalition stated that it would seek to increase the resettlement of entrants from the humanitarian and refugee programmes in regional areas.
The Coalition's policy for population and immigration also involved a commitment to the production of an Immigration White Paper to address the policy challenges of sustainable population growth and to reframe Australia’s immigration programme.
2010 Coalition National Security Statement – The Coalition's policy to secure our Ports and Airports
The Coalition’s plan for Australia’s ports and airports had two key policy announcements. First, the Coalition would restore the $58.1 million in funding cut for Customs’ cargo inspection. Second, it committed to increase Customs’ resources for screening by $35 million to improve Australia’s capacity to inspect incoming consignments.
Updated: 25 Jul 2018