Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has dismissed Treasurer Wayne Swan's claim the coalition is inspired by the conservative Tea Party movement in the United States.

Mr Swan will tell the Australian Workers' Union (AWU) national conference later on Tuesday that the nation faces radical change under an Abbott government and its "callous Tea Party-inspired ideology".

But Mr Abbott says the coalition "will always speak with a strong Australian accent".

"One thing that we never do in the coalition is import political techniques and political personnel from other countries," he told reporters in Sydney.

"We just don't believe in imported politics.

"We believe in a strong, home-grown policy."

The opposition leader accused Labor of importing "deeply negative politics" from the UK and the US.

"You will never find from me, or from any government I lead, the kind of politics of division which I fear others seek to introduce," Mr Abbott said.

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