During one of a raft of breakfast television appearances, on the Ten network's Wake Up, Mr Abbott was confronted by an elderly woman, named only as Vilma, furious about changes to the age pension, who responded to his explanations on broken promises with: ''I have never heard such rubbish in all my life.''
‘‘Why don't you leave the pensioners alone? If we pull the belt any tighter we’re going to choke to death,’’ Vilma said. ''Why are you picking on me?
‘‘I challenge you: come out and meet some of the pensioners, they’ll tell you a little thing or two.’’
Appearing distinctly uncomfortable, Mr Abbott told the program's hosts that he’d been given a piece of her mind.
‘‘Fair enough, that’s your right in a democracy, to be able to tell the prime minister exactly what you think of him,’’ he said.
He then suggested to Vilma that it was obvious that she had not voted for the Coalition, to which the indignant Vilma replied ''Excuse me, it's got nothing to do with who I vote for and who I don't vote for''.
''Why are you picking on pensioners?'' she asked the Prime Minister.
Mr Abbott then said: '‘This is a fair budget, everyone is doing his or her bit, including, dare I say, politicians.’’
Vilma laughed and replied: ‘‘You’re a comedian, sir you're a comedian.’’
It emerged later on Wednesday that Vilma is Vilma Ward 85, president of the Bulimba Senior Citizen's centre. According to a media report from 2010, Mrs Ward served on Kevin Rudd's election campaign committee in his first run for federal parliament in 1998.
Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey repeatedly made a plea for public trust and patience during their respective post-budget media blitzes, each man facing a barrage of questions over broken promises made during the election campiagn.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the budget delivered a large trust deficit for Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey.
“It’s a bad budget, it breaches a fundamental commitment to the Australian people,” he told ABC Radio.
“This government was elected on web deceit; they lied to get into office. This makes cost of living so much worse for Australian families. It is an attack on pensioners, and worst of all, it is the trashing of Medicare.
“This is a massive $80 billion hit cut to schools and hospitals, these are not areas you are able to cut without taking a massive hit to frontline services."
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