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Budget backlash as Australia government support plunges

Published on May 19, 2014 11:25 AM
 
This photo taken on May 12, 2014 shows a homeless man sitting on a street in Sydney. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suffered a voter backlash after a budget described as the worst in 20 years with two polls Monday showing support for his government plunging. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suffered a voter backlash after a budget described as the worst in 20 years with two polls Monday showing support for his government plunging.

The conservative leader's first budget since coming to office last September - handed down a week ago - took the axe to health and education spending in an attempt to slash the country's deficit.

Anger boiled over during the weekend with street marches through major cities and a meeting of the nation's premiers, including from Abbott's own Liberal Party, vowing to fight A$80 billion (S$94 billion) in school and hospital funding cuts.

The budget's unpopularity and perceived broken promises by Abbott were reflected in two polls that showed a sharp drop in support.

 
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