Editorial: One year on, and Tony Abbott yet to justify trust voters put in him

By Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:34pm, first published September 7 2014 - 11:00pm

The Abbott Government has been in power for a year. It has its achievements and its abject failures, but even its friends would admit that it has yet to do enough to deserve re-election. Labor, the party it trounced a year ago yesterday, has made the most of public disappointment and, according to the opinion polls, leads the coalition. But, just as Abbott's victory last year involved a popular decision to wave goodbye to Labor, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard rather more than an enthusiastic embrace of Abbott, Labor's popularity owes more to shortcomings of Abbott than a sign that the electorate has yet judged Labor again fit to lead, under Bill Shorten. Most likely there will be two more years before the next election, and both parties, and each leader, has a good deal of ground to make up before he could approach it with confidence.

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