Labor waits on budget boost
LABOR MPs have defended the budget as a slow burn after it failed to result in any turnaround in Labor's fortunes in the polls.
A Herald/Nielsen poll published in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald found the Coalition had extended its lead over Labor on a two-party preferred basis to 58-42. The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, is also ahead of Julia Gillard in the preferred prime minister category at 50-42. The Trade Minister, Craig Emerson, said there were ''very rarely bounces out of budgets''.
''We don't bring down budgets and then wait for an opinion poll taken on Wednesday and Thursday night. This budget will be lived in the experience of the budget,'' Dr Emerson said.
Government sources said they were unable to find evidence linking budgets to improvements in polling.