Tony Abbott said the Coalition needed to sharpen the differences with Labor rather than try to minimise them.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's 'innovation' narrative and called for 'another big push' on repairing the budget.
In a week marking the first anniversary of Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership, the government was able to show it could work with the new parliament.
The government needs to tot up more wins, and quite quickly – and not just on budget matters but on other issues too.
Finally – though who knows for how long – we see signs of the Turnbull government pulling up its socks.
Bill Shorten, flanked by Chris Bowen and Jim Chalmers, was first out of the blocks to announce the detailed budget savings.
A government-Labor deal will see the passage of $6.3 billion in savings over the forward estimates in the Coalition's omnibus bill.
The government is keen to push its omnibus savings bill through parliament.
We need to ask on what basis the government is making its budget savings a 'moral' issue, and how the opposition can possibly support it.