James Whelan | Crikey, 3 July 2012

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Big Society: Abbott takes his lead from the Brits

Dr James Whelan, Research Director for CPD’s Public Service program, asked interviewees from his recent report, Big Society and Australia to provide short comments in response to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s recent ‘landmark’ speech.

Last month, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott unveiled the second instalment of his “Plan for Stronger Communities”. Extending the policy directions he prefaced at the National Press Club in January, Abbott outlined several Coalition policies that aim to strengthen social capital and social fabric, empower citizens through personal and mutual responsibility to “achieve something for themselves”.

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