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".

These values will resonate widely and deeply. Australians share Abbott’s commitment to volunteerism and "stronger and more cohesive communities". Each year, 40% of us volunteer and many donate to community groups.