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Beyond Ideology: Speech By Tony Abbott

This is the text of a speech given by Tony Abbott, Liberal Member for Warringah and Federal Minister for Workplace Relations, to the Young Liberal Federal Conference.

In the speech, Abbott discusses the relationship between the liberal and conservative wings of the Liberal Party of Australia.

Speech by Tony Abbott to the Young Liberal Federal Conference.

Tony Abbott, Minister for Workplace RelationsThe Centenary of Federation should be an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be an Australian, to reflect on the achievements and disappointments of the past century and to consider how we can build on our strengths to improve the life of the nation in the years ahead.

It’s a curious fact that no significant Labor figure was a prominent Federation Father. The Labor Party suspected that the Federation project was an imperialist and capitalist plot – a bourgeois hoax, in Manning Clark’s phrase. Even so, the Centenary year will witness the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the Federal Labor Caucus, a day before the anniversary of the first sitting of the Commonwealth Parliament on May 9, 1901. It would only be human nature for this to elicit another burst of Labor self-congratulation as the true keeper of the sacred flame of justice, compassion and concern for the underdog in Australian society. [Read more…]