Election Scorecard

Scorecard II | Published 14 November

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On Wednesday 14 November, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) released its second election scorecard. This scorecard aims to highlight how the VFF’s election asks have been addressed by candidates and political parties during the 2018 election campaign (as of Friday, 9 November when the graphic was finalised).

Since launching its campaign in July, the VFF has been focused on five main needs:

  • A fair and equitable rates
  • Fit-for-purpose roads.
  • A long-term energy
  • Reliable phone and internet
  • A science-based, sustainable animal welfare plan.

The VFF’s first election scorecard was released on Wednesday 31 October, and further information about it can be found below.

The second scorecard highlights eight election asks – rates, roads, energy, telecommunications, workplace health and safety, crime, healthcare and skills – but takes a slightly different approach to the first scorecard. Rather than ranking political parties on their announcements to address our election asks, it presents a longer-term policy forecast.

What do the weather icons mean?

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Positive progress – both major parties have made a commitment to action. 

 


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Some progress – at least one party has made a strong commitment.

 


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Marginal improvement – at least one party has moved to address the issue.

 


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Minor progress – actions/announcements inadequate.

 


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Hardly any progress – significant improvement still required.

 


 

Most importantly, this election scorecard will remain valid from now until Election Day on 24 November and beyond. It will be utilised by the VFF in welcoming the 59th State Government of Victoria and holding them to account – both in their first 100 days in office and over the coming four years. The VFF remains determined, on behalf of its members, our farmers, that the next government will Deliver for Agriculture.


 

Scorecard I | Released 31 October

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On Wednesday 31 October the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) released its election scorecard. The scorecard simply aims to acknowledge announcements from political parties which are in-line with the VFF’s election asks (as of Friday, 26 October when the graphic was finalised).

Since launching its campaign in July, the VFF has been particularly strong in focussing on five main needs:

  • A fair and equitable rates
  • Fit-for-purpose roads.
  • A long-term energy
  • Reliable phone and internet
  • A science-based, sustainable animal welfare plan.

What do the emoji faces mean?

  • Red unhappy face – we are very disappointed that our major elections asks have not been acknowledged or addressed.
  • Yellow uncertain face – our election ask has been the subject of an announcement, however, we remain unclear as to whether this will have a positive impact on our members and/or if it is significant enough to meet our needs.
  • Green happy face – our election ask has received some commitment/support.

Most importantly, this election scorecard contains MANY blank spaces, which present opportunities for all candidates to step-up and make commitments in these areas, before election day on 24 November, to demonstrate that they are committed to Delivering for Agriculture.

 

What outcomes have we had as of Friday 26 October?

VFF Ask: Rates

VFF_red_sadNo party has committed to any action on this critical issue. The VFF is seeking a fair and equitable rates system which doesn’t see our farmers rated out of existence. 

VFF Ask: Roads

VFF_red_sadThere has been minimal commitment in this area. There have been some announcements on roads but they do not address the significant funding required (the VFF believes $6 billion is needed) and will only provide a ‘small fix’ in some areas.

VFF_yellow_confusedThe ALP announced, on 25 October, a $100 million “Fixing Country Roads program”.

VFF_yellow_confusedThe National Party has committed to returning the “Country Roads and Bridges Program” in their first Budget – providing Victoria’s Rural Councils with an additional $160 million to invest in priority projects.

VFF Ask: Energy

There have been some announcements in this area however the VFF is looking for a long-term energy plan which ensures reliable, efficient, and affordable energy. The VFF is also concerned that there are planning rules in place to ensure productive agricultural land is not lost to housing new energy projects.

VFF_yellow_confusedThe ALP announced a ‘microgrid’ demonstration site at the Birchip Cropping Group.

VFF_yellow_confusedThe National Party/a Liberal Nationals Government has committed to supporting a “balanced energy mix that provides affordable and reliable power 24/7 – including coal, gas and renewables”.

VFF Ask: Telecommunications

We have seen no announcements or commitments that we believe would deliver the necessary and timely improvements in mobile telephone reception or internet access in rural and regional Victoria.

VFF Ask: Workplace Heath & Safety

VFF_green_smileThere has been one positive announcement on Workplace, Health and Safety. On 23 October, the ALP announced the “Smarter, Safer Farms Program” – $10 million for farm safety and wellbeing initiatives to change farm safety culture and reduce on-farm deaths and injury.

VFF Ask: Crime

VFF_green_smileThere has been one positive announcement in relation to crime prevention. On 19 July, the National Party has committed to establishing a dedicated “Livestock and Rural Crime Squad” with 20 new specialist rural crime investigators.

VFF Ask: Healthcare

VFF_green_smileThere has been one positive health announcement with potential to reach many rural and regional Victorians. The current Government (ALP) has made several commitments around mental health support, including the extension of the “Looking over the Farm Gate” program which VFF manages. These announcements have been made primarily in response to the ongoing drought.

VFF Ask: Skills

VFF_green_smileThere has been one positive announcement on skills. The ALP announced on 23 October, a $10 million skills program, focussed on training in financial literacy, risk management, farm planning and adaptation to climate change.

Authorised by Stephen Sheridan, Victorian Farmers Federation, 24 Collins Street, Melbourne.