It’s a kinder, gentler federal budget but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll get an easy ride in the ever-unpredictable Senate.
While the Abbott government’s new economic plan will surely prove more palatable to the upper house than the last one, it won’t simply be waved through.If anyone in the government can get the package passed, it’s Scott MorrisonThe Hon. Scott Morrison, Federal Member for Cook Treasurer from 21.9.15.
The budget’s main sweetener – the generous $3.5 billion childcare overhaul – will be a key battleground. Not because it’s a dud policy: Labor, the Greens and most of the crossbenchers are naturally inclined to vote for increased childcare support. The problem is that the government wants the Senate to pass family tax benefit cuts to pay for the package.
Most of the budget’s other big-ticket measures are likely to get through the parliament largely unscathed. Tax cuts for small businesses will be popular and so will the government’s crackdown on multi-nationals. And Labor will have little choice but to get behind increased spending on national security.