• Caterina Sullivan

How the Coalition has Promised to Achieve the #GlobalGoals

Updated: Nov 3, 2018



With the announcement of the Coalition retaining government, we thought we would delve into Malcolm Turnbull’s Address to the 2016 Federal Campaign Rally, which he made on June 26th, days ahead of the election.

#Goal1: #NoPoverty

“A strong economy means that senior Australians know their children will be in good jobs, their investments will deliver better returns and that Government will have growing revenues to support their pensions and health care.”

This addresses Target 1.3: Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the port and the vulnerable.

#Goal2: #ZeroHunger

“[A strong economy] means that the farmer is getting much better prices for his cattle and can afford to hire a local contractor to replace his fences, clean out a dam or build a new shed.”

This addresses Target 2.3: By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markers and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.

#Goal3: #GoodHealth and #WellBeing

“And as announced earlier today, my Government will be investing $192 million more in frontline mental health services including twelve suicide prevention sites around Australia, ten more Headspace centres and at the same time using smart phone and other technology to make these services more accessible.”

This addresses Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

“A stronger economy means we can afford to fund world-class education and health services, including Medicare, without weighing down our children and grandchildren with more debt and deficits.”

This addresses Target 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

#Goal4: #QualityEducation

“That is why the Coalition will deliver a record $73.6 billion over the next four years for all Australian schools. It is a strong and fully-funded commitment to our children and their future.”

This addresses Target 4.1: By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

“Our PaTH program with job training and internships will provide additional support to youth employment.”

This addresses Target 4.4: By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

“Today, I can announce an additional $48 million for scholarships under the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. This will help disadvantaged students to complete year 12 and transition to work or further education and training.”

This addresses Target 4.5: By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.


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#Goal5: #GenderEquality

“A strong economy means a mum whose kids are now at school and wants to work a few more days, or work full-time, will have plenty of opportunities to do so. And our childcare reforms will make it easier for her to do so too.”

This addresses Target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.

“The Coalition will also invest $31 million in programs to encourage more girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

This addresses Target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.

#Goal8: #DecentWork and #EconomicGrowth

“This is a time which demands stable majority Government, experienced economic leadership and a national economic plan which will deliver stronger growth and more jobs. Our business tax cuts encourage small and medium businesses to do just that. 100,000 of them with turnovers of between $2m and $10m and employing 2.2 million Australians will only join smaller companies to get a tax cut on July 1 if we are re-elected.”

This addresses Target 8.3: Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalisation and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.

“A strong economy means that young men and women who have left school and are looking for a job will find an employer who is hiring and happy to give them a start.”

This addresses Target 8.6: By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

#Goal9: #Industry, #Innovation and #Infrastructure

“A stronger economy means we can fund over $50 billion in 21st century road, rail and other infrastructure including the Western Sydney Airport and the 39,000 jobs it will create.”

This addresses Target 9.1: Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.

“[A stronger economy] means that a smart kid who wants to be an engineer can work at the cutting edge of technology here in Australia – because our advanced manufacturing is forging ahead supported by our defence industry investment plan.”

This addresses Target 9.2: Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries.

“Our plan invests over a billion dollars to promote leading-edge innovation in our industries and to prepare our children for the jobs of the future.”

This addresses Target 9.4: By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.

“A strong economy means we can fund our Innovation and Science Agenda to ensure our kids learn the digital skills of the 21st century, our research is commercialised to create jobs here at home and investors support start-up companies.”

This addresses Target 9.5: Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.


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#Goal13: #ClimateAction

“A strong economy means we can meet and beat our international obligations to address climate change.”

This addresses Target 13.a: Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilising jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalise the Green Climate Fund through its capitalisation as soon as possible.

#Goal16: #Peace, #Justice and #StrongInstitutions

“Today I can announce a $64 million commitment to crack down on the trafficking of illegal firearms on our streets, in particular by criminal gangs.”

This addresses Target 16.4: By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organised crime.

#Goal17: #Partnerships for the #GlobalGoals

Our plan commits to a sustainable Budget with the toughest crackdowns on multinational tax avoidance – companies found to shift profits offshore to avoid tax will pay that tax plus a large penalty rate of tax.

This addresses Target 17.1: Strengthen domestic resources mobilisation, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection.

“Our plan promotes export trade deals the ones we have done and the ones we will do to generate thousands of new export opportunities, giving our businesses premium access to the biggest economies in our region.”

This addresses Target 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

Clean Environment Plans

And it also means we can afford to leave a cleaner environment to those children with programs like our $1 billion investment plan to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment, our $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund, our $1 billion National Landcare Program or our $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund.

This addresses: #Goal7: #AffordableEnergy and #CleanEnergy; #Goal13: #ClimateAction; #Goal14: #LifeBelowWater & #Goal15: #LifeOnLand

There are many other ways in which the Coalition government is working towards the achievement of the Global Goals. We are looking forward to working with Prime Minister Turnbull and his team on the implementation of sound and coherent policies working towards some exciting targets for the achievement of the goals.

This article was originally published on the Global Goals Australia Campaign website.

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Authorised by Caterina Sullivan (2018)

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