Yes, Abbott’s reply can have substance without risk

If anything, a sharper focus on policy this year has improved Tony Abbott’s polling. A smart budget reply could build on this with detailed economic policy.

One of Labor's strategies for this year, or hopes perhaps, was that by announcing the election date early, the Opposition would be forced to bring its successful campaign of relentless negativity to an end and begin articulating its policies, giving Labor a larger target at which to aim and shifting the political conversation to policy, where Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is weakest.

Given Labor's aim isn't too flash, it wasn't too bad a strategy.


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