Amid a hostile reaction to proposals from the Audit Commission and opinion polls showing the government trailing the ALP, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sought to focus attention on the government’s overall budget strategy.
In his weekly video message, Abbott concentrated on the Budget deficit and said “we must again live within our means, as we did in the Howard years”.
Abbott said all Australians needed to “chip in” so that the “legacy of debt” from the ALP can be controlled. He said: “Beyond a certain point, you don’t control debt; debt controls you.”
Abbott sought to move beyond short-term self-interest: “The Budget shouldn’t be about how much will be in our pockets today or tomorrow, it should be about our country and its future – and our ability to sustain for the long term important services and the social security net that is so important.”
The Prime Minister’s comments came as a Galaxy poll in News Corporation newspapers showed the ALP leading the government by 52-48% on a two-party-preferred basis, a fall of 2% for the government. The coalition’s primary vote slipped 4% from 43% in March to 39% last week. The poll shows the ALP’s primary vote unchanged on 37%.
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Text of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s weekly video message.
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