Abbott should just announce his tax cuts

The federal budget's spending cuts are designed to ensure that tax relief will be part of the Coalition's 2016 election campaign, but the delicate situation in the Senate could derail Abbott's strategy.

The Abbott government is obviously planning a 2016 election campaign based on tax cuts, since the 2014 budget explicitly and painfully makes room for tax cuts that are implied but not announced.

The flaw in the plan is that it doesn’t have a majority in the Senate, largely because the spending cuts are not balanced by the tax cuts that are obviously planned, and therefore spending cuts can't actually be made.


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