Abbott's Mr Negative shattered

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 25 Agustus 2013 | 20.01

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott outlines his plan for the first hundred days if he becomes Prime Minister

Tony Abbott poses with his wife Margaret and daughters Bridget and Frances during the 2013 Coalition Campaign Launch at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

THE Coalition's campaign launch has been peppered with positivity in a well-orchestrated show to kill off Tony Abbott's Mr Negative vibes.

The would-be prime minister was joined by his daughters Bridget and Frances, deputy Julie Bishop and Nationals leader Warren Truss as their official campaign kicked off in front of about 750 party faithful.

The two Abbott girls were the event's surprise speakers when they introduced their dad and promised he would look after Australia, as he had looked after them.

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That was despite the family having tried to discourage him from making a tilt at the Liberal leadership, daughter Frances revealed.

"He's our dad and we didn't want to see him discouraged or disappointed," she said.

"But Dad said when you really believe in something you have to back yourself and so he did."

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While Frances spoke of her "netball dad", daughter Bridget spoke of the man who proudly volunteers for different causes.

"My dad looks out for everyone and I know he will look after you," she said.

Tony Abbott speaks during the 2013 Coalition Campaign Launch at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

Mr Abbott outlined his plans for the first days and months of a Coalition government in a rousing speech preceded by the launch's official song, which carried lines including "we believe in hope" and "let's build a brighter future".

Mr Abbott said his first priorities would be to launch his asylum boats policy and scrap Labor's recent tax changes to company car leasing "on day one".

Within 100 days he would scrap the carbon tax and the NBN would have new business plan.

But his biggest cheer came for his "fair dinkum paid parental leave scheme".

He promised there would be two million more jobs within 10 years and that the budget would be in surplus by the end of his first term.

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Mr Abbott also pledged $200 million towards dementia research, a HECS-style loan scheme for apprentices, and to index the Commonwealth Senior's Health Card.

The money for demential research over five years would help researchers working on a cure for the condition that affects more than 320,000 Australians, he said.

The interest-free loans for apprentices in areas of skill shortages would provide up to $20,000 over four years to help them with costs like tools and equipment.

And the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card would immediately be indexed to CPI if he won Government to give more self-funded retirees access to cheaper medication.

The card gives cost of living assistance to retirees who are of pension age but do not qualify for the age pension and the thresholds of $50,000 for singles and $80,000 for couples has not increase since 2001.

Mr Abbott did not outline any new savings during his speech that might pay for promised plans.

He waited until the end off his speech to criticise Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Labor, warning: "As you know from bitter experience, if you reward bad behaviour, you get more of it."

But the most colourful criticisms came from Ms Bishop, who spoke of "fake Kevin".

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She listed Mr Rudd's different personas, including ocker kevin, cool Kevin who's cooking with gas, nerdy Kevin and pious Kevin, but said while he masqueraded as mild-mannered, he was actually a monster.

"The trouble with Kevin is he's a fake".

Mr Newman drew laughter when he set about tearing down some of Labor's "lies" and referred to the ALPs use of actors in its campaign.

He said Australians were sick of Mr Rudd's negative spins and tactics.

"They have had enough of your spin, your tantrums and your amnesia," he said of the Prime Minister.

Attendees to descend on the Queensland capital for the traditional backslapping and schmooze fest at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex included coalition MPs, supporters, staffers and party members.

Former Prime Minister John Howard sat in the front row with wife Janette.

One woman who has been coming to the events since she was a child said the mood was "very positive".

"This is the best atmosphere I can recall for a long time," said Dimity, a life member of the LNP who did not wish to give her last name.

Former Prime Minister John Howard looks on during the 2013 Coalition Campaign Launch at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane. Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images) Source: Getty Images


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