G20 Brisbane 2014: World awaits Tony Abbott and Team Australia

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:44pm, first published November 11 2014 - 8:43pm

At the beginning of this year, Tony Abbott was preaching hairy-chested government austerity at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Thanks to a Senate which, by majority, didn't seem to share his view about the "debt and deficit disaster" left to him by Labor, and to declining iron ore prices, Abbott is operating on a budget with a bigger deficit, and greater debt, than projected by Labor, but he probably has a government doing better than it might have been.

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