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Hello, Pauline, Derryn, Nick, Jacqui, let’s negotiate: why the budget is toast

4 Jul 2016
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It is entirely apt given the government used the budget as its de facto election campaign launch that we now find after the election result that the budget is completely trashed.

Launching the campaign so closely after the budget meant none of the key measures contained in it have been presented before parliament. That budget included a large number of spending cuts which failed to get through the old parliament; they have even less of a chance now. In the old parliament, the issue was the merely the Senate, now there is a strong possibility the cuts wouldn’t even pass the lower house.

The Coalition might be able to get the numbers to stay in government, but not to keep its budget.

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2016
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