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First budget vote passes but drama may only be starting

There won't be any Labour defections on this evening's budget votes, it appears, writes Pat Leahy.

5th December, 2012
In Government Buildings, there is the usual budget night fear: that some unforeseen landmine in the budget will detonate tonight or on Liveline tomorrow, writes Pat Leahy.

There won't be any Labour defections on this evening's budget votes, it appears. The coalition won the vote a few minutes ago on the first group of financial resolutions before the House by a huge margin, 108 votes to 49. There's another vote shortly.

But the votes this evening are only concerned with excise, new taxes on alcohol and tobacco and the hikes in capital gains and capital acquisitions tax. These are not the contentious parts of...

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