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Labor reveals new policies in budget reply

LABOR’S BUDGET REPLY PLEDGES

HOUSING

* $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund managed through Future Fund Board of Guardians, which is chaired by former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello

* Investment returns transferred to National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation with plans outlined for the first five years

* 20,000 social houses with 4000 of those for women and children fleeing family violence and older women on low incomes at risk of homelessness

* 10,000 affordable housing properties for frontline workers

* $200 million for repair, maintenance and improvements of housing in remote Indigenous communities

* $100 million for crisis housing for women and children fleeing family violence and older women on low incomes at risk of homelessness

* $30 million for housing and specialist services for veterans experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless

* Investment returns available in perpetuity for additional crisis, transitional and long-term social housing in parts of Australia with greatest need

SKILLS AND TRAINING

* Up to $10,000 for apprentices who chose to train in new energy jobs including solar, large-scale renewable projects, home energy efficiency upgrades, green hydrogen and renewable manufacturing

* $2000 on commencement and successful completion with the same amount a year for up to four years in-between

* 2500 apprenticeship commencements would be covered each year totalling 10,000 places over four years

* $10 million to boost new energy training programs

* A start-up year for 2000 students offering mentoring by universities and private-sector incubators to get business ideas off the ground

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

* Laws criminalising wage theft after working with unions, employer groups and state and territory governments

* Laws creating a positive duty for employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate sexual discrimination, harassment and victimisation

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