Australian Opposition trumpets 12-point plan

17:05, June 26, 2010      

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Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Saturday declared the coalition ready to govern the nation, and has handed down a plan detailing what it would achieve.

Abbott used Saturday's Liberal Party federal council meeting in Canberra to outline the 12-point "action contract", aiming to offer voters a clear alternative to Labor Party.

Abbott declared his plan as "prudent, possible, desirable and doable".

It begins with a pledge to restore the budget to surplus within three years and start paying Labor's debt.

It also includes rejecting the new resources super profits tax and getting tougher on border security by "turning boats back", and would see small business able to charge the government interest on outstanding accounts.

Abbott told delegates this week's leadership change in the government showed its instability, and that the switch from Kevin Rudd to Julia Gillard did not change its policies or past policy failures.

"She (Gillard) can execute a prime minister but she can't execute a government program," Abbott said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a coalition government would bring "the most experienced and accomplished ministerial team in a generation", Abbott said.

"No amateur hour bungles from us, because we know what a good government looks like, we've been in one."

The meeting came as the polls showed a surge for Labor with Gillard at the helm.

The latest Galaxy poll has Labor with a 52-48 lead over the coalition on a two-party preferred basis.

But the government could not rely on the initial "wow factor" alone to see it through to the election, Abbott said.

Source: Xinhua


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