The Coalition has presided over a major achievement in workforce participation, but all of that has been undone in a single month. Australia's participation rate may take a long time to recover.
One area where the Coalition is fully entitled to economic bragging rights is participation.
When it came to office in 2013, it had every right to expect labour participation to continue falling: it had peaked at 65.8% in 2011 and had been declining ever since.
Given the ageing of the population and predictions that baby boomers would begin entering retirement, further falls were likely.
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