The following is an excerpt from Tony Abbott’s 2013 election campaign launch speech with an interactive report card on how he is going so far. Click on the links to read further.
“This election is about making a great country even better; and that starts with changing [to] the worst government in our history.
I will spend the next two weeks reassuring people that there is a better way while Mr Rudd will spend the next two weeks trying to scare you about what might happen if he doesn’t keep his job.
Mr Rudd thinks this election is all about him.
Well, it’s not about him and it’s not about me.
It’s about you and how a better government can help your family and make your job more secure.
We know that a stronger economy is not about picking winners but about helping everyone to get ahead.
From day one, it will be obvious that Australia is under new management and once more open for business.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation will cease making non-commercial loans with taxpayers’ money.
And the motor industry will be saved from Mr Rudd’s $1.8 billion tax on company cars.
The NBN will have a new business plan to ensure that every household gains five times current broadband speeds – within three years and without digging up almost every street in Australia – for $60 billion less than Labor.
By the end of a Coalition government’s first term, the budget will be on-track to a believable surplus.
A standing Green Army, rising to be 15,000 strong, will be working with councils, farmers and volunteers to clean up our polluted waterways and restore our degraded bush.
And the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be operating in large parts of every state.
We’ll trim the commonwealth public sector payroll by 12,000 through natural attrition
And we won’t increase the humanitarian migrant intake until such time as it’s no longer being filled by people smugglers.
There will be no new spending under a Coalition government that’s not fully-costed and fully-funded.
By the end of a Coalition government’s first term, working with the states, teacher standards will be rising and teaching programmes will be improving.
People who are capable of working will be working, preferably for a wage but if not, for the dole.
And there will be a fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme in place, because factory workers and shop assistants deserve to get their actual wage while they are on leave – just like public servants do.
We must be a country that rewards people for having a go – but we must never leave anyone behind.
That’s why I announce today that an incoming Coalition government will finally index eligibility thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card so that more self-funded retirees will have access to cheaper medicines.
If our vision is realised, within ten years, Australia will have lower, simpler, fairer taxes.
There will be two million more jobs, in manufacturing as well as in agriculture, services, education and a still buoyant resources sector.
We’ll have a more functional federation where the states are sovereign in their own sphere.
Public schools and hospitals will have far more freedom to be as good as their private rivals.
Childcare will be more affordable and more available to families who need more than one income and who have to cope in a 24/7 economy.
As long as I am in public life, I will continue to spend a week a year in a remote indigenous community as I’ve done over the past decade.
Because, if they’re good enough for people to live in, they should be good enough for a prime minister to stay in.
Over the next three years, should we win the election, an incoming Coalition government will do exactly what we’ve said we’ll do.
We will be a no surprises, no excuses government, because you are sick of nasty surprises and lame excuses from people that you have trusted with your future…
It’s performance, not promises, that will earn your respect; it’s actions, not words, that you are looking for.
You could trust us in opposition and you will be able to trust us in government.
You don’t expect miracles; just a government that is competent and trustworthy and a prime minister who doesn’t talk down to you.
And I’m confident that your expectations can be more than met.
An incoming Coalition cabinet will respect the limits of government as well as its potential and will never seek to divide Australian against Australian on the basis of class, gender, or where people were born.
When I look at pensioners and superannuants, I don’t see people who are a drain on the taxpayer but people who have built the country that I am lucky enough to live in.
When I look at the benefits that all Australians rightly enjoy such as Medicare and good public schools and hospitals, I don’t see “middle class welfare” but the hallmarks of a society that gives families a fair go.
After the previous Liberal and National party government gave you the four largest surpluses in our history the current government has given you the five largest deficits in our history.
But the worst deficit is not the budget deficit but the trust deficit.
This election is all about trust.
Kevin Rudd says that a Coalition government would sack nurses and teachers even though we don’t employ any…and sell schools and hospitals…even though we don’t own any.
So not only is Mr Rudd leading the most incompetent government in our history, he’s now running the most dishonest election campaign in our history.
I make this pledge to you the Australian people.
I will govern for all Australians.
I want to see our hospitals and schools improving as we invest the proceeds of a well-run economy into the things that really count.
I won’t let you down.
The one thing you know is that you can’t trust what Labor tells you.
To Labor voters wondering why your party has sold its soul to the Greens; to Green voters wondering why your party has embraced socialism over environmentalism; to independent voters wondering why your MP has sided with a bad government, to everyone who has been let down and embarrassed by the circus in Canberra:
I say: give my team a chance.