Abbott should opt for incremental changes

TONY Abbott, Australia's feisty prime minister, seems to be having difficulties handling the backlash to his budget proposals. First, his ruling coalition's standing in opinion polls suffered a huge hit. His own popularity rating, never very high to begin with, went below that of the opposition Labor Party leader. Then he was caught out on several gaffes: He tried to dismiss sagging opinion polls by saying that the same thing had happened the last time his coalition had introduced an austerity budget...

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