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Labour unveils electoral manifesto for the 3 June general elections

The Labour Party's electoral manifesto for the 3 June general elections is being approved this evening by the party delegates during an extraordinary general conference

19 May 2017, 8:09pm
The Labour Party's general conference is meeting this evening to approve the party's electoral manifesto
The Labour Party's general conference is meeting this evening to approve the party's electoral manifesto
The Labour Party is meeting this evening at the Edena Arena for an extraordinary general conference during which the party’s delegates are expected to approve the party’s electoral manifesto for the 3 June general elections.

The party’s manifesto is split into 18 sections, focusing on the economy, work, infrastructure, transport, energy, Gozo, a just society, education, health, housing, the environment, arts and culture, sports, justice and security, local councils, civil rights, good governance and ‘Malta in the world’.

In all, the Labour Party is putting forward 724 proposals.

‘A government that listens’

A total of 21 proposals are being put forward. On good governance, the Labour Party is pledging the strengthening of institutions, a parliamentary reform – which amongst others leads to a fairer gender representation in parliament – and extending the Vote 16 to the general elections. It also includes initiating talks that would lead to the setting up of a parliament for youths.

On transparency, the Labour Party is pledging “a commitment” to publish all contracts as soon as they are signed.

A transparency register for MPs, ministers and persons in important public roles will be introduced.

The Environment

A total of 44 proposals are being put forward, amongst which the inclusion of environmental protection in the Constitution, the setting up of an Environment Court and the setting up of a regulator for the construction industry.

Transport

A total of 44 proposals are being put forward, with the first proposal being a commitment to start working on an ambitious project of “a mass rapid transport system”.

A second proposal is to carry out a wide consultation on whether Malta should adopt an underground transport system or an above-ground system. But beyond this, the Labour Party is proposing the launch of discussions on the use of autonomous cars.

This sections includes targeted proposals for cyclists, parking, clean transport, the provision of free transport for all students and a pledge to address the number of deaths on the road – for this aim, an Accident Investigation Authority will be set up.

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