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PM spruiks achievements online

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has taken to YouTube to reflect on the federal government’s first 18 months in office.

Directly addressing the camera in the online video, Mr Abbott said the government had spent the last year-and-a-half “working to clean up the mess we inherited and to lay the foundations needed for a stronger Australia”.

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“We stopped the boats. We’ve scrapped the carbon and mining taxes, and we’ve started rolling out the biggest infrastructure plan in Australia’s history,” says Mr Abbott, wearing a dark suit and blue tie in the two-minute clip.

“We’ve signed three free trade agreements that will set up Australia for the long term.

“Our focus is on you – and your life – to make it easier and to give you more opportunity.”

The online address, released Saturday afternoon, comes following a rocky period for Mr Abbott’s prime ministership.

His position came under threat last month after a number of controversial “captain’s calls”, including bestowing an Australian knighthood on Prince Philip, culminating in a defeated leadership spill motion in Canberra.

Mr Abbott said he had heard voters on issues like the GP co-payment and defence force pay.

We’ve listened to you – the Medicare co-payment is now dead and we’ve provided a pay increase to members of the Australian Defence Force,” he said.

He also flagged upcoming announcements on child care, small business and jobs, adding that the coalition would “continue to strengthen our national security to keep our country safe”.

“This government is working in your interest and for the benefit of all Australians – we always have and we always will,” he concluded.

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