Abbott anniversary brings reminders of troubled government

LIKE most Aussie dads, Tony Abbott was the centre of attention on Father's Day but it's unlikely he enjoyed all the presents that came his way.

The beleaguered PM copped an onslaught of criticism yesterday as he prepared to mark today's anniversary of being elected to Australia's top job.

In the past two years, Mr Abbott has weathered heavy criticism over his passion for knighthoods, the 2014 budget emergency, leadership battles, Bronwyn Bishop's Choppergate scandal, the sluggish economy and the gay marriage plebiscite call.

Yesterday, ALP MPs from across Australia bombarded the nation's newsrooms with multiple negative press releases about his track record so far.

But Mr Abbott remained optimistic about the job he and his government are doing.

"Now, right around Australia, confidence is coming back because right around Australia the people who want to have a go, the people who want to get on with their life, know that there is a government in Canberra which is backing it," he said while visiting Tasmania on Saturday.

"For two years now, every day we have been delivering on the plan that we put to the Australian people in that campaign."

- SHERELE MOODY


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