2017 in Review: Politics
This year was the year of Hillary Clinton. The Prime Minister landed victory after victory legislatively, passing a whopping 95% of her manifesto and successfully creating Australia as one of the top economies and most politically free nations in the European Union. After the presidential election last year set up the parliamentary republic system that we now operate in, it was about getting the job done for Australians, according to the Progressive-Labor coalition.
1) Native Title Court and Aboriginal Australian reform
This was perhaps the Clinton government's biggest achievement, but this reform has allowed for disputes between Aboriginal tribes in Australia and farmers and mining companies to be resolved by a neutral third party. The Clinton government, whose coalition of voters between metropolitan liberals, young people and minorities put the Progressive Alliance way ahead of their contemporaries, has really come alive after passing the native land rights reform. It was a legislative victory that will pave the way for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Australians as first inhabitants.
2) Health care reforms
These are common sense, establishing a system of Medicare hospitals that operate fully at the national level. While doctors and specialists still operate as part of the private sector and bill Medicare, the hospital system which had been ballooning out of control in New South Wales and Victoria, the two most populous states in Australia. The National Hospital System as it is now called, to parody the National Health Service from the United Kingdom, is working and looks to dampen hospital costs and service costs at hospitals across the nation.
3) Economic management
In contrast to the National Party's stark forecast for deficits and debt if Labor were to join the Progressives in Government, economic management has been stable. The dollar hasn't fallen or risen out of line with market expectations, the stocks are roaring and Clinton can claim credit for being a moderating force on her party, which was baying for the reforms and management of the Nats to be thrown out the window but Clinton held firm, knowing it was the consensus of her husband, Bill Clinton, in the 90's for the ALP and Progressives to come to the altar on the need to safeguard the free market principles of liberal democracies across Europe.
4) Infrastructure bank
A stroke of genius on both the economic front and the fact that Australia has had underdeveloped infrastructure for decades. Outside of Sydney and Melbourne (and lately Brisbane), most Australians only had roads connecting them with very few rail lines fit for passenger train use. That has changed with the Clinton government, with projects extending to a Perth to Melbourne rail link that would connect across the north of the country. Additional freight lines, energy and technology infrastructure at a total amount of investment of $450 billion while the bank continues to gain value from its current investments and contributions from the federal government accrue interest. Not to mention the amount of superannuation funds contributing to the bank as it finds and makes investments into infrastructure on behalf of public super funds. Retirement secure, infrastructure build booming, and an institution at the federal level that surely will last the rest of the existence of the current financial system. Three huge wins for Clinton that lend her further credibility on the economy.