Expect a budget full of transparent fudging

There is just as much massaging of the numbers in Joe Hockey’s recent comments as in any of the budgets that Labor claimed were a 'pathway to surplus'.

Is the Abbott government very brave, very stupid, or just completely sure that it’s got the measure of public opinion as it heads towards a historic cost-cutting budget?

Surely the leadership team must wonder what might happen after the announcement on Thursday of the Commission of Audit’s proposals for spending cuts, and the budget that will incorporate some of those cuts a fortnight later. 

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