News

Poll: Which budget measure would you like to see fail?

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.

Which measure would you like to see taken out of the budget? Have your say in comments and vote in our poll.

Topics:  federal budget, poll, tony abbott




Rio Tinto pays $3 million to Gladstone council

FILE PHOTO: The Rio Tinto's Yarwun plant.

Gladstone council gets a healthy cut of Rio's profits

UPDATE: Two rushed to hospital as crash shuts down busy Gladstone road

The crash on the corner of Tank St and Glenlyon St.

ACCIDENT directly outside Gladstone’s ambulance headquarters.

Latest deals and offers

Vintaea: Why I left The Bachelor on the first night

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles