Tony Abbott explains his personal political faith and offers it as a way forward for the Liberal and National parties. Starting with an account of human nature and Australian society, Abbott develops a series of political positions that the conservative parties could adopt to rehabilitate themselves with the Australian people.
He doesn't shirk the big questions: What went wrong for the Howard government and did the electorate reject its values or just its leader? What does it mean to be a political conservative in the post-Howard era and how can conservatives and liberals live together inside the same political party? How can a small government party support a big foreign policy agenda and a nationalist party staunchly support traditional allies?
Without pollie-waffle, Abbott outlines the Australia he would like to see in twenty years' time.
Anthony John "Tony" Abbott is an Australian politician and the current Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in the Australian federal opposition.
From 2004-2007 he was Minister for Health and Ageing in the Howard government, and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Federal Parliament. Since 1994, he has been the Member for Warringah, in New South Wales in the House of Representatives for the Liberal Party.