Campaign reading. Richard McGregor, writing from Sydney for London's Financial Times, contrasts Australia's strong economy and paradoxically sullen national mood. "Abbott avoids tough economic decisions on way to Australia win" argues that the Opposition Leader has made little effort to prepare the electorate for the more difficult times ahead. Describing Tony Abbott as more protean than his narrow public image suggests, McGregor writes that he has long profited from his opponents' underestimating his ability to change. He concludes:

"Anyone looking for courage and creativity in an incoming conservative government, should Mr Abbott win, will be hoping he can confound the sceptics again."