Election round-up - week 4
The week launched with a proposal that would see the introduction of tax credits for women entering the workplace, amongst other tax-related proposals by the Labour Party. The very same day, Labour candidates criticised the PN’s Electoral Programme, arguing that it would cost a lot more than was revealed.
The PN further enforced their proposals from the previous week, reiterating the promised 3.2% economic growth by 2017. A presentation of the proposals regarding improving the lives of disabled people had also been presented.
The PL launched a wave of proposals aimed at ending over-crowding at Mater Dei Hospital which would entail a greater focus on Health Centres. PL Leader Joseph Muscat further presented a plan which would increase the number of medicines available to the public for free.
The PN emphasised the success of the Pharmacy of Your Choice scheme and also further described their plan to refund people for medicines they would have to buy from the private sector if the medicine would be out of stock.
Dr Muscat unveiled plans which would introduce extensive reforms to MEPA, describing a split of the environmental and development sectors.
The PN heavily criticised this plan, arguing that it would remove the environmental concerns from the equation.
Dr Muscat spoke of a national curriculum for education, whilst announcing further plans for education. The PN rebutted that this curriculum had already been drawn up, adding that the coalition with the Malta Union of Teachers described by the PL is already being addressed.
The AD expressed its concern regarding environmental policy as well as its views on the Broadcasting Authority decision regarding equal time for Parties on television.
The hunting lobby declared their anger at alleged PN broken promises relating to the hunting season, further challenging the PN Deputy Leader to a discussion.
Lastly, The PL proposed unionising disciplinary forces, including the Police and the Civil Protection Department, however would not allow them to strike.