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Prime Minister Wants A Restart And Is Willing To Admit Broken Promise

"I accept that what we are doing with the ABC is at odds with what I said before the election."

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Mr Abbott came under fire for refusing to admit that cuts to the ABC announced last month was a broken promise, instead insisting that they were "efficiencies".

"I accept that what we are doing with the ABC is at odds with what I said before the election," he said on Thursday at a special press conference.

On the night before the election Mr Abbott made a no cuts to ABC and SBS pledge and today Mr Abbott tried to finally put the issue to bed.

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Mr Abbott cited the need to address the "burning budget" for the cuts.

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The 45-minute press conference started with an announcement that defence pay changes would be scrapped and ended with him defiantly standing by the internally unpopular Paid Parental Leave scheme.