Can Abbott talk up what he talked down?

When offshore capital inflows ebb, Australia will rely far more on industries now precariously positioned. That puts Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey in a tight spot.

It was wrong to talk down the economy during the Gillard years and it would be wrong to talk it down now – especially as something like the ‘Abbott bounce’ is finally apparent in retail data and consumer confidence.

That is a very good thing. The economy is at a precarious point and we frankly need to spend a bit of money and get businesses moving again.

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