Kevin Rudd MP: Leader of the Opposition
At a time when many Australians are doing well, around 2 million children, women and men in Australia live below the poverty line, according to recent analysis based on OECD standards.
Too many children are growing up in homes without a working parent.
There are more than half a million young Australians between 15 and 24 not engaged in either in full-time work nor full-time study.
Federal Labor has a plan to help all in our community benefit from the prosperity our nation enjoys.
Federal Labor's plan includes:
* A social inclusion agenda, recognising that for government to address entrenched social disadvantage, it must be able to work effectively with the non-government sector and business;
* A strong voice for the most disadvantaged - Australians living at the margins of our community often not heard, and community, church and other nonprofit groups are the only ones able to speak out. These groups need to be able to speak up for those without a voice free from fear of penalty from government;
* Jobs and workforce participation -Work is fundamental to financial independence, to personal dignity and to achieving social inclusion, and employment security is critical. Labor is committed to maximising the opportunity for Australians to be employed in secure, high-wage, high-skill jobs, by building a strong economy beyond the mining boom. Federal Labor's new industrial relations policy Forward with Fairness will restore fairness and flexibility to the workplace;
* A focus on early childhood Federal Labor understands that the early years are critically important in overcoming disadvantage. That's why Labor believes that all Australian children should have a right to access high quality early childhood education. Federal Labor has committed to providing 15 hours of fun, play based learning a week to all four year olds, delivered by a qualified teacher;
* An Education Revolution to provide all Australia children with the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills to help them succeed;
* A strong, universally accessible public health system supported by Labor's $2. …