Abbott battling 'policy paralysis' as governing slows down

ALREADY beset by a leaky Cabinet, divisions on same-sex marriage and slow-healing bruises caused by Bronwyn Bishop's travel entitlement scandal, the Abbott Government is now said to be suffering "policy paralysis".

Not since the late 1960s has a government passed so few laws in its first 700 days of government.

The analysis by Fairfax Media shows the Abbott administration has passed just 262 bills since taking office.

By comparison, Julia Gillard's minority government passed 329 bills, Kevin Rudd passed 397 and John Howard passed 292.

The last government to pass fewer laws than this Coalition was Liberal Prime Minister John Gorton who took power in 1968.

The Abbott Government has also introduced fewer bills.

His government has introduced 365 bills compared to the Gillard government's 480.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon told Fairfax there "seems to be a policy paralysis" afflicting Mr Abbott's government.

Senate Leader Eric Abetz said it was an unfair comparison as Greens and Labor blocked all legislation for the first 300 days of government until the Senate was sworn in.


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