I have listened: Abbott pledges to change

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pledged to “socialise” policies prior to implementation as part of plans to be more consultative in the wake of a failed spill motion.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pledged to “socialise” policies prior to implementation as part of plans to be more consultative in the wake of a failed spill motion.

Stating that “good government starts today”, he said that he would be meeting with backbench committee chairs in the first of regular series of meetings to take place once every two months.

“We did, with the wisdom of hindsight, bite off more than we could chew, but I have listened, I have learnt, and I have changed and the government will change with me.”

“I want to harness all the creativity,” he said.

“Not just cabinet ministers’ creativity, not just public service creativity, I want to harness all of the creativity and insights that this part room has to offer.”

Mr Abbott also said no new health policies will go forward without the support of the medical profession.

Mr Abbott said the past few weeks had been difficult for the government, but he and his team are moving forward.

He said his team had taken a "good, long, hard look at our ourselves" and resolved to be different.

"We have looked over the precipice and we have decided we are not going to go down the Labor Party path."

“I am confident that have we have put this time behind us and I am confident that, as of today, we are back at work for the people of Australia,” he said.

“I am confident that what we have shown the Australian people is that we have looked over the precipice and we have decided we are not going to go down the Labor Party path of a damaged, misguided and dysfunctional government.”

He said he stood by his cabinet colleagues when asked about Treasurer Joe Hockey, but conceded there were issues with his government’s first budget.

“It was a bold and ambitious budget last year, with the wisdom of hindsight it was perhaps too bold and too ambitious,” he said.

“We did, with the wisdom of hindsight, bite off more than we could chew, but I have listened, I have learnt, and I have changed and the government will change with me.”

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