Tony Abbott keeps using that phrase, made all the more glaring that he repeats everything he says three times, like he is either an android with a minor glitch or he’s trying to summon some ancient magic.

The statement is made all the more painful, considering the Australian budget was actually in remarkably good shape after the GFC – in fact, it was generally regarded as the best economy in the entire world.

This fact is, of course, something that Joe Hockey is quick to point out to our trade partners, even if he is currently saying the exact opposite back here at home.