Australia's leader of the opposition Abbott delivers an address to The Sydney Institute in Sydney

Abbott bared his promise on Saturday during a campaign sortie at Larakeyah barracks in Solomon, New Territory. The estimated cost of the proposed service is $77 million.

From July next year, defence families will be entitled to $320 worth of dental treatment a year. They will also be eligible for an additional rebate for GP visits, he said, according to

Abbott also promised to release close to 400 defence houses for public use in Darwin.

It will still be available to Defence personnel under the ordinary kind of rental subsidy arrangements which Defence personnel can have, so the people who are currently in there need not fear eviction, quoted Abbott as saying.