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Facing Senate resistance to the majority of his budget savings measures, the treasurer, Joe Hockey, said the government would have no choice but to find the savings from other programs if senators carried out threats to block large parts of the budget.
“It’s not retribution if the choices made by other political parties are so flawed,” he told the ABC. “We are not going to step away from the fact that the budget needs to be repaired.
“It is something a lot of the senators need to think carefully about … we have got to deal with reality, the budget must be repaired.”
“We are determined to fix the budget and we would hope the Senate would be a partner in that process.”
The opposition treasury spokesman, Chris Bowen, said that if Hockey had alternative budget savings he should explain what they were.
“Today he’s talking about alternatives. We’ve always been told there are no alternatives … we are happy to talk about values and choices … but our view is this budget is fundamentally unfair,” Bowen said