Written on the 31 December 2012 by AAP
"I am determined that 2013 will be the year when we together write the next great chapter in our nation's history."
"Over the months ahead, my colleagues and I will be talking about how we can help all Australians to get ahead," he said.
The coalition was "not afraid" of having a go and would approach 2013 with a vision of a better Australia, he added.
Lower taxes, more efficient government and higher wages would also be a benchmark of a coalition government, Mr Abbott said.
Ms Gillard said Australians had a lot to be thankful for as they start the new year, living in the "best country in the world" with regional security and a strong economy.
Ms Gillard said Australia would use its new two-year term on the UN Security Council, which commences on January 1, to tackle these and other issues.
"A chapter about jobs, opportunity, a better education for our children, a better deal for Australians with disability, and that we do so with a renewed Australian spirit," the prime minister said.
The poll, published in The Australian, found voters were the least pessimistic about their standard of living in the coming months than at any time since the early months of the Gillard government.
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