While jobs growth has been a success story for the Turnbull government over the last two years, a closer look at employment data suggests its economic policies deserve little credit. Instead, growth has been driven by social services spending and the Reserve Bank’s ultra-low interest rates.

According to ABS data, between November 2015 and November 2017, employment grew by nearly 520,000 in trend terms, or around 4.3% -- noticeably faster than growth under the Abbott government, which managed only 3.8% growth between November 2013 and November 2015 (Abbott and Joe Hockey were replaced in September 2015). The strong growth under Turnbull and his Treasurer Scott Morrison has driven unemployment down to 5.4% (again in trend terms; all figures here are trend), its lowest level since early 2013.