Levy locked in, fuel excise on cards

Party unrest over 'deficit tax' in next week’s budget as govt also mulls fuel excise lift.

Tony Abbott is struggling to quell unrest over a “deficit tax” in next week’s budget as his government considers another incendiary revenue proposal: lifting fuel excise for millions of motorists.

As Liberal MPs attacked the “virtual confirmation” of the personal tax increase, the government faced mounting fears it would slug families at the fuel pump.

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