As a federal minister there was no talking down of the Australian economy or the annual government budget during that time. His main political narrative was all about more jobs, higher pay and greater wealth for the people of Australia.
In the Abbott Government's first Mid-Year Economic Outlook 2013-14 (December 2013) it was clearly stated:
The unemployment rate is expected to drift up to 6¼ per cent by the June quarter of 2015.
By the Mid-Year Econonomic Outlook (December 2014) that expectation had been revised up to 6.5% for 2015, remaining that high until at least June 2016.
This new unemployment rate prediction represents over 803,952 people without a job.