AFTER weeks of being slammed over the Federal Budget, the horse trading is well underway, with Labor signalling it will wave through changes to family welfare.
The changes would freeze the rate of family tax benefits for two years, saving the budget $750 million per year in perpetuity and reducing further the list of no-go items identified in the first Coalition budget.
Brisbane Times reports Prime Minister Tony Abbott regards the public clamour for backdowns and concessions from the government as premature, given that most savings measures have not even been written into legislation or introduced into the Parliament.
His senior ministerial group is urging waverers to hold their nerve and not be intimidated into accepting changes to initiatives before they are before the House or Senate.
Privately, Liberals are taking some comfort from the fact that, despite the tide of negative opinion, the overwhelming majority of the budget will pass unscathed, and the list of measures opposed by ''outraged'' Labor and Greens MPs is being whittled back.
Mr Abbott is prepared to meet with the Greens about key budget measures it needs their support to get through the Senate.
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