The prime minister has dismissed the concerns of his predecessor Tony Abbott over the way his government is negotiating with the Senate, insisting it is delivering results.
Mr Abbott doesn’t approve of the horse-trading the government resorted to in order to get key crossbench senator Nick Xenophon on board with its business tax cuts last week.
But Malcolm Turnbull reeled off a list of his government’s achievements since last year’s election.
“Both the double-dissolution bills are now law … personal income tax cuts passed, child care reforms passed, all the business tax cuts that were set to be delivered in this term of parliament are now passed,” he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.
“We know how to govern, we know how to deliver. We’re proving that if you’re prepared to negotiate, you can get things done in the 45th parliament.”
Treasurer Scott Morrison said the government has also passed nearly $25 billion of savings.
Mr Abbott again urged his party to reform the way the Senate works arguing it is almost impossible to get an upper house majority to cut spending.
“What we need to do is give the public something to hope for and we’ve got to give our own people something to fight for,” he said.
He also believes the coalition can win the next election but only if it is bold and gives the people something to hope for.
Mr Abbott, participating in his annual Pollie Pedal, was speaking after the latest Newspoll showed the coalition trailing Labor by 53 to 47 per cent in two-party terms.
“If we are bold and we do have a clear direction, of course we can win the next election,” Mr Abbott told Sky News on Monday night.
He said he was in favour of the lines of attack the government was using against Labor’s 50 per cent renewable energy target.
But he reiterated calls to freeze the target where it is.
“We can exhilarate business, exhilarate enterprise right around our country by doing this,” he said.