Abbott’s Plans For Stronger Communities
8 June 2012 at 4:08 pm
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. Photo: Mammamia.com.au
Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott has said that he is more interested in an empowered community than in an empowered government.
Speaking at a forum in Melbourne, Abbott said that communities will be stronger if they invest more of their own time and money into local services such as schools and hospitals.
“We don’t necessarily want government to do less for people but we certainly want people to have the capacity to do more for themselves because that’s the way that stronger communities are built,” he said.
“The risk when governments tackle problems that are best addressed in the community is that people are denied that chance to achieve something for themselves.”
He said that parents who are better at combining family and career are more likely to be personally fulfilled and ultimately to be more effective parents. He also said that welfare recipients working for the dole have more self-respect than those who are getting something for nothing.
“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. Our objective is not a Commonwealth takeover of public hospitals because, as John Howard frequently pointed out, Canberra public servants might be no better at running hospitals than their state counter-parts,” Abbott said.
“Empowering local communities would allow hospitals and schools to make more of the government funding that they currently receive. It would liberate schools and hospitals to do more themselves rather than simply look to government for the resources they want.
“We want the institutions that matter most to people to be more effective and responsive. We want individuals and communities more often to come closer to being their best selves.”