The scene has been set for a titanic struggle this week over tax reform and Conservative leader Cory Bernardi will be right in the thick of it.
The Australian reports, the government is determined to force a vote in the Senate on the remainder of its company tax cuts and Senator Bernardi is determined to help them pass.
It will go to war with Labor and the crossbench over the $144 billion personal income tax plan. There can be no confidence that it will succeed in either venture, but that is no longer the point.
With five by-elections looming, the next two weeks of parliament have become all about positioning.
If Labor sticks to its guns and refuses to pass the entire package then the obvious government pitch to voters is that Labor has refused immediate tax cuts for low-paid workers.
Senator Bernardi has told Ashleigh Gillon on Sky News even though it doesn’t look like the Coalition has the numbers to pass the full package in the senate there is a very good reason for pressing on.
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