Labor leader loses ground with voters Latest Newspoll reveals drop in Shorten support
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten is losing support among voters, according to the latest Newspoll figures.
The latest survey published in The Australian today, showed satisfaction with Mr Shorten’s performance fell from 34 points to 30 points and dissatisfaction increased from 52 to 58 points.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s rating remained stable.
In the preferred PM stakes, Mr Abbott has moved up marginally from 35 to 37 points while Mr Shorten rose one point to 41.
“We were elected to go full term,” he said.
The Liberal Party last night launched a progress report on their time in office.
In it, Mr Abbott claimed credit for strengthening the economy and an extra 335,000 jobs created since the last election.
“We’ve achieved all this, while at the same time making $50 billion in repairs to the Budget — in coming years the Budget deficit comes down by about half a percentage point of GDP each year,” Mr Abbott said in the progress report.
The report came as Treasurer Joe Hockey told world finance leaders that without Australia’s G20 leadership last year in gaining an agreement to pursue a 2 per cent growth target, world growth would be slowing at an even more rapid rate.
Completing a two-day G20 finance ministers meeting in Turkey, Mr Hockey said there was great frustration about the International Monetary Fund downgrading world growth again.
“(But) world growth would be lower if not for our leadership and determination last year to have a 2 per cent target and to roll out a global infrastructure initiative,” Mr Hockey said.
He said members of the G20 all agreed to renew their vows to implement their structural reforms that would lift growth and create jobs.
The meeting heard from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation that a third of more than 700 commitments made by the G20 under Australia’s 2014 presidency have been implemented and the other two-thirds are under way.
“Our economy has proven to be both diverse and robust and Australia is performing far better than any other comparable nations,” he said.