Ideologically, Abbott doesn’t like to be pigeonholed and he is indeed hard to describe with one label. “Great Big New Tax” is misleading. He’s negative on environmental questions but on a range of policy issues he’s much more than negative. He was never positive on industrial relations and once his tough attitudes on welfare might have been labelled “negative”, but the debate has shifted; it is now about a "war" on middle class entitlements.
He describes himself as both devoid of policy alternatives and negative. “A good leader, I mean every successful national leader, has transcended policy.”