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Voters don't want another election: Tony Abbott hoses down claims of a poor budget sales job

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to hose down claims the government had done a poor job of selling its budget.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to hose down claims the government had done a poor job of selling its budget. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the last thing voters want is another election as he tried to hose down more commentary that his government has done a poor job of selling its budget.

Speaking to Adelaide radio on Friday, Mr Abbott expressed his reluctance to have a double dissolution election if key budget measures continue to be blocked by the Senate.

Mr Abbott also appeared to reject Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson's statement that the government could have done a "clearer" job of selling its budget

The Abbott government has used the winter parliamentary break to continue budget negotiations with the new Senate crossbench before Parliament resumes sitting next week.

"You never finally say no to these things, but I think the last thing the Australian people want is another election now," Mr Abbott said.

He pointed to recent state elections and the WA Senate byelection before suggesting voters had had enough of going to the polls and now expect 'the Parliament to get on with its job".

The Prime Minister also suggsted that he believed the comments by Mr Parkinson on the budget, including that tax would rise, had been misinterpreted.

"Well I'm not sure that's exactly what he said," he said. "He may have been interpreted that way. My job is not to run a commentary on the budget, my job is to tell people what we're doing and why we're doing it."

The Prime Minister also backed his Treasurer Joe Hockey, who has come under fire in recent weeks for a series of gaffes and for sending confused messages about the state of the bottom line.

Mr Abbott was asked if he would be prepared to buy a used car from Mr Hockey.

"Joe is doing a very, very good job. He really is," he said.

"I tend to keep my cars until they wear out.

"It's never easy to impose additional costs or to even marginally reduce benefits.

"But I think if you look at the budget, what you see is a very sensible, prudent strategy as Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens said."

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578 comments

  • 'Team Australia' wants an election, NOW

    Commenter
    m
    Date and time
    August 22, 2014, 12:34PM
    • Right from the beginning this man has deluded himself about what voters want and why they voted as they did. He assumed they wanted him. They didn't. Not then and not now but he was their only means of removing Labor because of it's infighting. And it's most certainly not Abbott the FIFO ideological zealot they want!

      Commenter
      rext
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 12:53PM
    • I wanted an election when the worst gov't in history was in for the past 6 years....but did Rudd & Gillard listen? No. So tough luck to you now.

      Commenter
      janet
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 12:57PM
    • well I'm sure there are at least 90 voters who don't want another election , all LNP lower house members. It's important to note that the LNP hadn't announced their Medicare pensioners tax (at least we now know that were all the money is coming from) prior to the WA or SA state elections.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 1:00PM
    • Sorry Janet but your Tony is a one term wonder and he IS going to destroy the Liberal Party.

      There won't be one Liberal held seat left after the next election : )

      Commenter
      Sharron
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 1:03PM
    • I do not see Shorten as an alternative government or heaven forbid, a Palmer in motion. Abbott should be given his term so LNP gets a landslide loss next election and hopefully we will have a government with a majority who can pass reasonable policies on the road to economic recovery.

      Commenter
      Jade
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 1:04PM
    • Yes, we do want another election Tony. And this time we don't want you to lie to us about what sort of a government you will lead.

      Commenter
      Cee Bee
      Location
      Australia HAS a dolt government
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 1:05PM
    • I only want Tony to keep his promises. One of those promises was to hold a double dissolution election if he couldn't get his budget measures through.

      So now he's claiming that Australian voters don't want him to keep his promises? The mendacity of this man is unprecedented.

      Commenter
      Party Stooge
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 1:08PM
    • Agreed Federal Election Now ...but the longer Tony stays the less Liberals will get elected....from rump of a Government to tinier rump of an opposition ! Go Tony...be Gone Tony.........when will Cosgrove talk to Abbott about going to polls or else he should step in....

      Commenter
      ByeBye Tony
      Location
      Seymour
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 1:10PM
    • "I tend to keep my cars until they run out". Unless of course the taxpayer is footing the bill. Then he tends to buy BMWs against tender protocols at the expense of Australian car manufacturers because as we all know the 'age of entitlement' of Aussie car makers and their manufacturing jobs for Aussie people IS OVER!

      Commenter
      Joe Citizen
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      August 22, 2014, 1:11PM

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