Prime Minister Tony Abbott has addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Abbott began his speech with an overview of world economic conditions and the prospects for growth. He reiterated his election campaign themes and said Australia was now “open for business”.
Abbott said his government’s aim is to ensure that every “fit” person of working age remained in the workforce, either in a paid capacity or some other form.
The Prime Minister spoke of Australia’s role as president of the G20 over the coming year. He said he was looking forward to discussions in Brisbane about the digital economy and world infrastructure. He emphasised the importance of free markets and the need for governments to get out of the way of industry. “Government doesn’t create growth,” he said. “People do, when they run profitable businesses.”
“Better governance is not the same as more government,” Abbott told the forum.
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Transcript of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Address to the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland.
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