Australia

What does the surprise re-elected Coalition government have in store for you?

0:00

How does Prime Minister Scott Morrison plan to fulfil his declaration to “keep the promise of Australia”?

The Coalition spent more time during the election campaign talking about the Opposition’s plans, rather than its own.

When it came to his vision for the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to "keep the promise of Australia" and support ordinary Australians with "honest aspirations", while making few campaign promises. 

Now that he's defied predictions to secure a “miracle” majority government, what can we expect him to do with the unexpected power?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on election night at the Wentworth Sofitel Hotel, Sydney
Prime Minister Scott Morrison pulled off a remarkable victory on Saturday.
AAP

Tax cuts

One of the first legislative items on the agenda is to give low and medium income earners a $1080 tax offset.

While Labor supports the cashback, there’s a sense of urgency because it needs to get through Parliament before July 1 when workers start submitting their tax returns. 

Josh Frydenberg
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says income tax cuts are a priority of the re-elected Morrison government.
AAP

It’s the Coalition’s longer-term plans to flatten the tax brackets and reduce the rate to 30 per cent for anyone earning between $40,000 and $200,000 that will face resistance from Labor and some crossbenchers.

No change to climate policy

The Coalition government has been criticised for not taking stronger action on climate change. But after its unexpected win on Saturday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg made it clear there would be no further changes to its policy.

It’s sticking with the 2030 target to reduce emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels and spending $3.5 billion over 10 years to fund energy efficiency projects and support the expansion of Snowy Hydro 2.0.  

“Our plan is very clear and it’s the plan we took to the Australian people,” Mr Frydenberg told ABC’s Insiders on Sunday.

The government will face some pressure from new independents Zali Steggall and Helen Haines to ramp up action on climate change, but without a deciding vote, their influence will be limited.

Medevac legislation and Christmas Island

An increased majority in the House of Representatives will allow the government to press ahead with plans to repeal the medevac legislation. 

However, it's unlikely the new-look Senate will approve the dismantling of the legislation that gives doctors more say in transferring asylum seekers and refugees to the Australian mainland for medical treatment.

That could effect the government's plans to re-close the Christmas Island detention centre, after Mr Morrison opened the facility to deal with what he said was a risk of an influx of asylum seekers.

In the wake of the medevac bill passing, Morrison took the media on an expensive trip to Christmas Island.
In the wake of the medevac bill passing, Morrison took the media on an expensive trip to Christmas Island.
AAP

No one has been transferred to the island since it was reopened in February. 

Labor had offered some hope to refugees and asylum seekers who have spent years on Nauru and Manus Island by promising to take a fresh look at a resettlement offer from New Zealand and possibly other countries.

The Coalition government remains firm in its rejection of the offer, promising to maintain its tough stance on border security to deter people smugglers.

Animal activists

During the campaign, Mr Morrison said one of the government’s first priorities would be to introduce new laws to stop animal activists targeting farmers.

The proposed new laws would prevent vegan activist organization Aussie Farms from using private information about farmers to harass them.

Animal activists would face jail terms of up to 12 months for inciting criminal activity against farmers.

Stay up to date with SBS NEWS

  • App
  • Subscribe
  • Follow
  • Listen
  • Watch