You are in a recession if you have two successive quarters of negative economic growth. The economy is contracting, however we are yet to actually have a quarter of negative. Last quarter was 0.5% on the positive. I don't like to be political here (again), but in a contracting economy the government should be spending to stimulate the economy. They say they are focussed on "jobs and growth" yet the economy is contracting and yesterday the unemployment rate went up. Instead they are focused on their stupid surplus. It's not even a real surplus. Just a cash book surplus, because they have tripled the debt since 2013. Remember when they campaigned against Gillard's debt that "our grandchildren will be repaying for decades to come" ?? Money is cheap. They should borrow a shit-ton of cash and build shit. It puts cash into the economy and the ripple effect is .... wait for it .... jobs and growth.