Senator David Leyonhjelm. Photo: James Alcock
Tony Abbott faces some torrid horse-trading to get his controversial budget through the Senate, with crossbenchers saying they want everything from a rifle range to radical tax cuts to be dealt into negotiations.
■ Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm: ''The Malabar Rifle Range - I want it put on a secure footing for use by all the shooting clubs that want to use it,'' he said.
Mr Leyonhjelm will be asking government leader in the Senate Eric Abetz to guarantee ''tenure'' for the ''premier shooting facility'', which sits on Commonwealth land.
''Greg Hunt wants to twist my arm a bit about Direct Action,'' he added. ''Based on what I know now I'm against it.''
■ South Australian independent Nick Xenophon: He wants the Coalition to consider policies such as support for Australian manufacturing, gambling reform and more ''truthful'' food labelling to show which supermarket products are Australian made.
''The trouble with horse trading is that sometimes you end up with a donkey, or worse still you make an ass of yourself,'' Senator Xenophon said.
■ Democratic Labor Party's John Madigan: Concerned about social justice issues.
■ Palmer United Party's Clive Palmer: ''I haven't got the time to meet with Tony Abbott or any of his ministers.''
Mr Palmer's three Palmer United senators and their Motoring Enthusiast partner Ricky Muir will control the balance of power in the new Senate, meaning Mr Abbott will have to win their support for any legislation opposed by Labor and the Greens.
This will include university fee deregulation, $7 GP co-payments and the abolition of the carbon and mining taxes.
■ Family First's Bob Day: In negotiations with the government Mr Day will argue for abolition of all family payments and their replacement with generous tax cuts.
He will also argue for new rules that allow employees to opt out of workplace legislation and work for lower hourly rates if that is what they need and want in order to secure work.
He supports many of the Abbott government's measures, including Treasurer Joe Hockey's philosophy of ending the ''age of entitlement''.
But Mr Day says he will not succumb to Environment Minister Greg Hunt's arguments on Direct Action, adding that he will not only be opposing the policy but ''campaigning [his] crossbench colleagues to block it''.