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Aust government attempts to shift focus from Senate budget blackhole

Aust government attempts to shift focus from Senate budget blackhole

Updated 20 August 2014, 16:13 AEST

The Abbott Government in Australia is trying to counter the perception that its entire budget is stuck in a Senate blackhole - by pointing out that billions of dollars of savings measures have already gone through the Upper House.

Until now the focus has been on the budget elements that the Senate is so far unwilling to back - including the GP copayment, the higher education changes and the indexation of fuel.

When the Senate returns next week - the Government will redouble its efforts to clear more budget hurdles, starting with a bid to win approval to increase fuel indexation.

Presenter: Louise Yaxley

Speaker: Mathias Cormann, Finance Minister; Tony Abbott, Prime Minister; Joe Hockey, Treasurer;

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