Deputy Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Alex Salmond on stage to launch the SNP's White Paper.
She envisages 24th March 2016 as the date, should Scotland vote yes, for the country to become an independent country.
Sturgeon's particular focus within this white paper addresses the topics of women and child, the bedroom tax and welfare reform, and pensions.
The SNP has set out shop with a proposal that Scotland become independent, it intends to provide free child care for all pre-school children.
This is a policy, they say, that is dual purpose; good for the youngest children and their parents.
It would also mean that by supporting more women to go into the workplace, it would generate more tax revenues.
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