LIBERAL member for the federal seat of McMillan Russell Broadbent has said few people have raised concerns with him about his government’s new budget.
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“There hasn’t been a lot said to me directly about budget issues,” Mr Broadbent said.
“A few have raised some issues, but it hasn’t been the number one topic of conversation.
“I think voters are watching interestedly how the Senate is going to play with its role in this nation.”
The Abbott government’s first budget has been controversial, including changes to welfare and support payments as well as proposing a $7 GP copayment.
A number of key senators have threatened to not pass parts of the budget unless changes are made.
“I think the Senate will do what the Senate will do and what the Senate’s always done – they will be obstructionist when they want to be obstructionist and supportive when they want to be supportive,” Mr Broadbent said.
“We’ll just have to see how that goes.”
POLL: $7 GP co-payment
When asked how he thought the Senate was likely to behave, Mr Broadbent said “obstructionist.”
The co-payment issue is complex and despite the government initially saying there would be no compromise on its introduction, changes that would see the fee to be waived for the poor and elderly are now under consideration.
Mr Broadbent said there may be concerns in the community and it was important to look after people.
“I’m sure there are concerns in the community,” he said.
“We need to make sure that those who need support in the the community get the support.
Asked about his own view on the co-payment, Mr Broadbent said: “the co-payment’s the government’s policy and my view is I support the government’s policy.”
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