Abbott vows to be Australia's 'PM for Aborigines'
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian conservative leader Tony Abbott pledged on Saturday to spend one week every year in a remote indigenous community if elected, saying he wanted to be the "prime minister for Aboriginal affairs".
Mr Abbott said he wanted to make Australia's most disadvantaged minority his top priority were he to win national elections on September 7, unveiling a new policy to promote private ownership of some communal Aboriginal land.
"It is all very well having the right to live on your land, having the right to walk over your land, having the right if necessary to exclude people from your land," Mr Abbott told a community meeting in Nhulunbuy, part of central Australia's Arnhem Land.
"But land has to be an economic asset as well as a spiritual asset, and I will do whatever I humanly can in government to bring this about."