Abbott's 'selective memory' budget gamble

The Coalition is hoping the pain inflicted on voters in this tough budget will have well and truly lost its edge by 2016. Its fiscal effectiveness will be pivotal.

The government is banking on the hope that eventually voters will be pleased enough about its performance to forget their anger about the broken promises in its first budget. It figures that come judgment day in 2016, voters will see economic progress and what nasty memories they have will be more about Labor’s record than the Liberals' 2013 election rhetoric.

Junior minister Jamie Briggs encapsulated the approach when asked how the government would address the problem arising from this budget that Tony Abbott had broken his word to the Australian people.


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