The latest public opinion polls (here, here) suggest that the Abbott Government is in fiendish trouble. From Labour’s perspective, this is a budget that just keeps giving as more and more people work through the implications for them of the myriad smaller changes within the budget.
Perhaps the Government’s biggest problem is that this budget is simply seen as unfair. I am not sure what happened in Canberra’s pressure cooker, but in the end the Government seems to have gone a bridge too far.
From a purely practical viewpoint, one of my difficulties in assessing the budget is that I have very little idea just what measures might finally get through the Senate, what will need to be changed or dropped. Some measures do not require legislation, others do. Australia is in for a period of considerable instability while all this is worked through.