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Federal Leader Of The Opposition Tony Abbott

Federal Election Saturday 7 September 2013

Stable Government For Australia

Victor P Taffa

Our Real Solutions Plan lays down 10 clear actions that we will take which will make our country stronger and families more secure:

1. We will build a stronger, more diverse economy with lower taxes, less waste

A stronger economy is the foundation of everything that the Coalition seeks to build because a stronger economy means more jobs, higher wages and better services as well as the funding that’s needed to help families get ahead.

In building a truly strong economy we’ll scrap the carbon tax, the mining tax, help small businesses create jobs and provide a modest company tax cut which is real taxation reform in the first term of a Coalition government.

2. We will get the Budget back under control

According to Labor’s own figures, Australia’s record debt will cost Australians an average of $10 Billion in interest each year over the next four years money which should be going to support health and education and build and repair roads.

By getting the Budget under control, repaying debt and strengthening our finances we can protect the economy from future shocks and ensure our children aren’t left to pay a soaring debt legacy through interest payments and higher taxes.

3. Help families get ahead by freeing them from the carbon tax

Abolishing the carbon tax is the quickest way to reduce power prices and take the pressure off the cost of living and by keeping the current tax thresholds as well as fortnightly pension and benefit increases, we can provide a tax cut and a pension increase without a carbon tax.

Don’t forget, if Labor is re-elected, the carbon tax remains and increases pushing up prices for years to come.

I won’t play a word game with the carbon tax. It’s gone under a Coalition government.

4. Help small businesses grow by reducing business costs

We will make it easier for small business to employ more people by cutting $1 Billion a year in red and green tape; conducting a ‘root and branch’ review of competition laws; and by not proceeding with Labor’s $1.8 Billion hit on FBT and cars.

Our plans will help get small businesses growing again, double the rate of small business start-ups and get small business back to where it was under the last Coalition government.

5. Build a Five-Pillar economy

Australia needs a more diverse economy, without all our eggs just in the mining basket. I want Australia to build on its strengths in manufacturing, agriculture, advanced services, education and research as well as boosting mining.

By diversifying and strengthening the economy we can deliver stronger jobs growth in many industries right across Australia.

6. Generate 1 Million new jobs over the next 5 years and 2 Million new jobs within 10 years

Australian jobs growth is now the slowest in over 15 years and there are 75,000 more unemployed people now than when Labor introduced its carbon tax. And the latest Budget forecasts show that unemployment will rise significantly under a re-elected Labor government to nearly 800,000 unemployed. This is not acceptable to the Coalition.

Our plan will grow a bigger economy, cut taxes and make government more efficient and businesses more productive.

7. Build more modern infrastructure to get things moving

Reducing bottlenecks on our roads will be a key priority for a new Coalition government. We will help get major infrastructure projects going across Australia within 12 months with major investments in: WestConnex in Sydney; Gateway Motorway in Brisbane; East West Road Link in Melbourne; the South Road in Adelaide; the Midland Highway in Tasmania and we are committed to the Perth gateway project.

With major investments in the Bruce Highway and the Pacific Highway – we will have a network of upgrades to our national highway network that will finally modernise our national highway network along the Eastern Seaboard.

8. Deliver better health and education services with local communities in charge

The next Coalition government will work closely with the states to try to ensure that public schools and public hospitals are locally-run rather than controlled by distant bureaucracies.

Local hospital and school boards will provide better health and education services at the local community level and at the same time deliver better value for their money.

Our approach is about lifting standards in these critical areas.

In education, I want a school system with better teachers, better teaching, higher academic standards, more community engagement, and more principal autonomy.

We’ll also provide schools with funding certainty so the Coalition will match the dollar-for-dollar commitments already made to schools for the next four years, without Labor’s Canberra takeover of schools.

In health, I believe in private health insurance because a strong private health insurance scheme keeps people out of public hospitals and keeps waiting lists down. It means a better health system for everyone.

9. Build a 15,000-strong Green Army to clean-up the environment

We will build the largest environmental workforce in our history that will clean up riverbanks and creek beds, revegetate sand dunes as well as undertake remediation and conservation projects around Australia.

10. The boats will stop with tough, proven measures not talk from proven boat failures

There is a national emergency on our borders with almost 50,000 illegal arrivals by boat, over $10 Billion in additional costs to the Budget and tragically, over 1,000 lives lost at sea.

We have a real solution to stop the boats. Our position has been consistent. Australia needs more than a Labor election fix, followed by another Labor failure. We will use all measures to stop the boats a full and comprehensive set of measures, not just a few.

Above all, we will return stable, certain, competent Government so all Australians can again plan their futures with confidence.

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