Frequently Asked Questions

We have sourced these policies directly from each political party, either through direct contact, their media releases, their official party website or specific candidate websites. Policy positions revealed in speeches, public statements and direct quotes in news articles have also been used.

This policy tracker will be updated as new information is made available. 

Where there are gaps in the tracker, the relevant party has not yet presented a policy relating to that recommendation. 


What about current and existing policies?

Our policy tracker will look at policy positions released by the political parties over the build up to the NSW State election. The policies referred to here will mostly refer to election pledges and announcements: what each party would do in a new Government.

We are not recording existing known positions, except where current Government policy and announced spending is directly related to our recommendations and will continue to have an impact following the election. 

We will not list all announcements related to existing or 'budgeted for' spending in this tracker, nor policies that can only be actioned at a federal level. For information on current and planned spending, please refer to the 2018-19 NSW Budget Papers and use the links on the participating organisations page to locate budget analyses from the organisations that are part of this campaign.


Do we formally endorse these policies or political parties?

No.

We are a non-political entity and do not formally endorse political parties or individual politicians. We comment on the policy that we are presented with based on our election platform priorities. 

We support and endorse the policies that build great communities across NSW, and those that align with our recommendations.


Why have we included a line each for NSW Labor, the NSW Greens, but the Liberals and Nationals in the same line?

The New South Wales Liberal-National Coalition is a formal alliance which means that the two parties will cooperate with a view to achieving a majority in parliament and, on that basis, govern. Parties that agree to govern in coalition sit in a broadly similar place on the political spectrum, although in NSW the Nationals are specifically focused on regional and rural issues and policy. In our tracker, we present Liberal policies in dark blue, and National Policies in dark green. 

Until the 2019 Election in March, the Liberal Party will hold 63 places and the Nationals 25 places in the NSW Parliament, together forming the leading party of the "two party system". Labor has a total of 46 seats across the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. We have included the Greens as the third major NSW party, as they hold the next greatest number of seats in the NSW Parliament, at eight.


What about smaller parties and independents not listed here?

There are many minor parties and independent candidates contesting the 2019 NSW Election, including at least 13 parties and several independents. Some parties are single issue-specific and others will likely not release comprehensive policy platforms. It would be very difficult to catalogue the position of every party and independent here. 

If a minor party or independent candidate does release a comprehensive policy position we will consider posting it here, depending on its relevance to the recommendations of this campaign.  

The Shooters, Fishers Farmers Party will contest over 20 regional NSW seats in the Lower House this year, according to reports. They describe their philosophy and have a series of policy statements available here.

The Christian Democratic Party currently holds two Legislative Council seats. They present their Plan here and have statements on a range of policy issues available here

 


Can I submit a party policy?

Of course! We'd love to hear from you. Please email any relevant policy announcements to advocacy@ncoss.org.au 

  • Marie Kent
    published this page in Policy Tracker 2019-02-01 13:33:21 +1100