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"The treasurer and the International Monetary Fund are at odds over whether the budget should return to surplus this financial year.And this.
"The fund has used its latest report on Australia to raise the prospect of abandoning the planned surplus, saying the authorities had 'scope to delay their planned return to surplus' should the economic outlook deteriorate sharply.
"The treasurer, Wayne Swan, will tell a business breakfast in Sydney today he intends to return to surplus regardless, saying although the task 'is made harder by a fall in commodity prices', a surplus is 'still our best defence against the current global economic volatility and sends a clear message that we are committed to responsible fiscal policy'." (See here)
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