CANBERRA -- The Abbott Government was elected two years ago Monday, but the birthday love from voters was certainly not found in the latest Newspoll.
The poll found the Opposition still led the all important two-part preferred vote: Coalition 46, Labor 54.
It has been bad for the government, and the Prime Minister personally, since the first Budget.
The Education Minister has a new way to describe the poor polls.
Top of the Prime Minister's agenda on Monday was not domestic affairs, rather Australia's response to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.
Abbott said Australia could do more but within its already existing annual refugee intake. He's facing growing calls from within his own party to do more.
Josh Frydenberg says Govt should take more Syrian refugees above the normal humanitarian intake - like John Howard did with Kosovars in 1999— Kieran Gilbert (@Kieran_Gilbert) September 6, 2015
Labor is upping the ante.
At the same time Cabinet is about to consider allowing Australian fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria.
PM Abbott - "there will be a very strong humanitarian response from Australia, but there will be a strong security response as well" #syria— Brihony Speed (@brihonyspeed) September 6, 2015
Concerned about a potential broken promise to build submarines in South Australia, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon brought a special cake.
It looked explosively delicious.
Someone also brought in a petting zoo for the pollies.
Actually, it is National Threatened Species Day.
That feeling when you're just trying to chill and these furless weirdos won't get out of your face pic.twitter.com/dAWFybLUH1— Fergus Hunter (@fergushunter) September 7, 2015
Two years in, Abbott says he is getting on with the job and "sticking with the plan" -- highlighting the China-Australia free trade agreement and tax cuts to small business.
Today we marked two years in office by talking to small business owners about our plan for a stronger economy. pic.twitter.com/CbP3j5fl0z— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 7, 2015
Still, a change in essential personnel remains on the cards, with the Prime Minister backing Treasurer Joe Hockey during an interview on Nine News.
But he has not ruled out a reshuffle before the next election.
Meantime, Labor marked two years in opposition by, well, opposing the government.
If Tony Abbott's plan for government involved chaos, division, slogans and broken promises, he's nailed it.— Senator Penny Wong (@SenatorWong) September 7, 2015
Every second birthday party ends with a tantrum. The terrible twos.September 7, 2015
Which leaves federal parliament to get back to business.