Budget set to again face Senate hurdles | The Courier-Mail

Joe HockeyThe Hon. Joe Hockey, Federal Member for North Sydney Treasurer from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15’s second budget may have won an initial round of applause from voters but that does not mean it will get an easy passage through parliament.A clutch of crossbench senators will likely hold sway on whether key items such as the treasurer’s childcare package and pension reform will get across the line.Heading into a sitting fortnight for the House of Representatives, Prime Minister Tony AbbottThe Hon. Tony Abbott MP Federal Member for Warringah Prime Minister from 18.9.13 to 15.9.15 is urging the Labor Party to “work with us” in backing the $20,000 instant asset write-off for small business when budget bills start to be debated.”We all know that the Labor government got us into a mess,” he told reporters in Brisbane on Sunday. “This is a chance for the Labor Party to be part of the solution rather than the problem.”But Opposition Leader Bill ShortenHon Bill Shorten MP, ¬†Federal Member for¬†Maribyrnong Leader of the Opposition from 13.10.13 still believes it is a “sneaky” budget that repackages last year’s poorly received effort for opinion polls.Senators will be going through the budget with a fine toothcomb during two weeks of grilling government departments in Senate estimates.

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