PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has praised his Treasurer Joe Hockey for his handling of the Federal Budget despite a recent spate of criticism.
"Now, Joe has copped a lot of crap lately, but since the budget, hasn't it changed!" Mr Abbott told the NSW Liberal Party state council conference," he said.
"Because what Joe has done is brought down the best budget ever for the small businesses of Australia - and didn't the small businesses of Australia finally deserve some recognition and reward.
"Not only was Joe able to bring down the best budget ever for small business, but he was able to give us a sustainable and a credible path back to surplus..."
Mr Abbott added his Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull had done "more in the first 12 months as the supremo of the (National Broadband Network) than Labor did in five years".
- APN Newsdesk