Tony Abbott insists his government’s plan is working, as a new poll shows Labor retaining an election-winning lead.
The prime minister marked two years in office on Monday delivering a speech at a small business forum in Canberra setting out his achievements.
“The plan is working and we are sticking to it,” he said.
“I am very confident that people will be choosing between a government which has delivered on its commitments and an opposition which hasn’t learned and can’t change.”
However the latest Newspoll continued a trend set 19 months ago, with Labor leading 54-46 per cent on a two-party basis.
Mr Abbott’s net personal popularity has dropped from minus 6 at the September 2013 election to minus 33.
While Bill Shorten is preferred prime minister among 41 per cent of voters to Mr Abbott’s 37 per cent, the Labor leader’s net satisfaction rating sits at minus 28.
The coalition is banking on the prospect of business and income tax cuts to reward “hard-working middle Australians” to win back support ahead of an election due within 12 months.
“This is a government which wants our people to be as prosperous as possible,” Mr Abbott told reporters.
The coalition has released a 28-page document outlining its work in building a “strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia”.
“Much has been achieved in the past two years, but it’s just the start,” the booklet says.
Labor says the government has been all talk and no action, with the unemployment rate at a 13-year high and more than 800,000 people out of work for the first time in 20 years.
Pensions and pensioner concessions were also under attack, while university students were being asked to pay more for their degrees.
“No glossy brochure full of lies can convince pensioners that Tony Abbott can be trusted,” opposition families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said.
Facing media reports that cabinet colleagues want to wrest his hands off the economic levers, Treasurer Joe Hockey said it was “just gossip”.
“I’m focused on doing the job that a treasurer should do, which is laying down the foundations for more growth in the Australian economy and greater opportunities for Australians to get ahead and get a job,” Mr Hockey told ABC radio.