Better public transport

As more people move into our suburbs, we need to invest in our public transport system to ease congestion

Greens

Labor

Invest in more trams on routes 86 and 11

Our trams are overcrowded. Residents often have to wait until 2 or 3 trams or trains go past in the morning before they can even get on one.

X

Cut trams on #86

High-speed signalling for trains

Install high-speed signalling on South Morang and Hurstbridge lines — We need high speed signalling on the South Morang/Mernda and Hurstbridge lines so we can run more trains, more often.

X

Install local electric vehicle charging stations

To support the community to transition to electric vehicles

X

Clean energy, not coal. Protect our environment

Victoria still relies on dirty, polluting brown coal for most of our energy, yet Labor has said they want Victoria to be ‘open for business’ for new brown coal projects. The Greens have a plan to transition to renewable energy.

Greens

Labor

Implement a plan to phase out brown coal in Victoria

Ensure it involves a fair transition plan for affected workers and communities.

X

A fair price for solar power

The Greens policy is to guarantee people with solar panels are paid a fair price for the energy they feed back into the grid, unlike under Labor where the feed-in-tariff has been constantly cut.

X

Stop destructive logging and create the Great Forest National Park

Labor continues to allow logging in our native forests at the rate of 7 MCGs every day. We must end this destruction now and move the industry to plantation forests.

X

Keep our suburbs liveable

As the population booms we need to ensure liveability for our community.

Greens

Labor

Ban property developer donations to political parties

to end the influence of dodgy donations on political decision making

X

Proposed a cap, not a ban, and haven’t implemented it yet

An independent body to allocate school funding fairly and transparently

All our kids deserve a great education. Schools shouldn’t have to wait until there’s a close by-election to receive the funding they need. The Greens will introduce an independent body to allocate school funding base on need, not just at the whim of Governments when they’re scared of losing elections.

X

Slash the number of pokies in our suburbs

Reduce poke numbers by 25%, reduce operating, hours, review pokie licenses every 5 years (instead of Labor’s 25-years) and introduce $1 minimum bets to prevent excessive losses from the most vulnerable in our community.

X

Fix the rigged housing system

Vic Labor has adopted some Vic Greens’ policies to help first home-buyers access the property market including a vacancy tax and stamp duty reductions.
But to really address the drivers of unaffordable housing, governments must also:

Greens

Labor

Phase out negative gearing

that encourages people to buy multiple residential properties instead of investing in other forms of wealth, like stocks, and in turn is helping drive up property prices at a rate 16% per year or more in Melbourne

Only on newly built properties, not on existing homes

Remove the Capital Gains Tax Concession

which was deliberately designed to help investors buy and buy and buy properties, but comes at the expense of first home-buyers. This concession costs the Government $7bil a year and mostly benefits the wealthiest 10%

X

30% affordable housing in all new developments

Ensuring all new large-scale developments include affordable housing, just like in London

X

Rent control: cap rent increases to inflation at max. 2.5% per year

so your rent doesn’t go up twice as fast as your annual pay increase

X

Minimum standards for energy efficiency

so that your rental home isn’t impossible to heat and cool – a burden that falls unfairly on low-income households and increases financial stress

X

Keep public housing in public hands

Instead of selling off 80% of public housing land to private developers so they make millions at the community’s expense

X

Protect animals

Vic Labor has promised to do more for animals and establish an independent body, Animal Welfare Victoria, but its track record on animal justice issues is terrible. To protect animals, we need legislation that will:

Greens

Labor

End duck shooting

The Greens want an end to duck shooting. It’s been banned in NSW, QLD and WA and it was never permitted in the ACT.

X

Ban jumps racing

Forcing horses to race over steeples or hurdles at speed and over long distances is why jumps racing is inherently dangerous – it’s time to ban jumps racing now.

X

End sow stalls

Sows are forced to survive in cramped, dirty stalls. Sows are intelligent, social animals and suffer much distress and pain from being so confined.

X

Ban greyhound racing

It’s estimated that nationwide 18,000 healthy dogs are killed in the greyhound industry each year. Greyhound racing has no place in Victoria.

X

Ban battery hens

There are an estimated 11 million battery hens in Australia and they are unable to express normal behaviours such as wing flapping, scratching, dust bathing, perching and foraging.

X