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It's Crunch Time for Turnbull as Australia Set to Unveil Budget

  • Sweeteners unlikely in Australia budget as deficit persists
  • Government needs economic narrative before expected July vote
Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

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Shoring up Australia’s economy is one priority for the federal budget to be unveiled Tuesday. Another is ensuring Malcolm Turnbull is still prime minister two months from now.

After seizing the role in September with a pledge to provide economic leadership, it’s crunch time for Turnbull to build a platform for an election that’s expected to be held July 2. Inaction has hurt the prime minister, with his popularity falling and his governing coalition trailing the opposition in opinion polls.