Labor faces pressure to explain how it would fill an
estimated multi-billion dollar savings black hole left by the
party's opposition of key government budget measures.
Labor plans to block a raft of coalition policies including
the fuel excise and Medicare co-payments, which the
government estimates will cost taxpayers $39,345 billion
through until 2017/18.
Faced with a count of upper house crossbench supporters, some
of Tony Abbott's plans look set to fail but the prime
minister maintains "people can change their mind".
"The point I will be making to everyone is what is their plan
to tackle Labor's debt and deficit disaster?" Mr Abbott told
"In the absence in any suggestions from anyone else, it's the
only plan," he said of the government's budget.