The Epilogue follows the Coalition Government’s blighted 2014 Budget on its obstacle-strewn path through the Senate. Minor parties and independents hold the balance of power and intend on using it, leaving controversial policies such as the Medicare co-payment on legislative hold. Public animosity towards the Budget isn’t abating either, eventually forcing the Government to abandon the bulk of its cost-saving measures. Poor polling and party instability prompts the Prime Minister and Treasurer to shelve talk of fiscal ‘emergency’ or ‘crisis’ and deliver a very different Budget in 2015. But will it be enough to restore their political fortunes?
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