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You shook on it, Morrison reminds Shorten

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 By Jennifer Rajca

Bill Shorten is being reminded he "shook" on $6.5 billion in budget savings measures before the election, as the Turnbull government keeps pressure on Labor to honour its commitments.

The opposition leader has insisted he won't be dancing to the coalition's tune in ticking off an omnibus bill of measures - which Labor supported in the lead-up to the July 2 election - without seeing details first.

But Treasurer Scott Morrison says Mr Shorten already put the savings in his own estimates.

"He didn't negotiate that with me, he negotiated with the Australian people," he told FiveAA radio on Thursday

"He shook on $6.5 billion worth of savings with the Australian people before the last election."

Mr Shorten was honour-bound to tick them off, Mr Morrison said.

"Otherwise he has welshed on the Australian people."

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann had a similar message for the opposition.

"Bill Shorten needs to be a bit less sensitive and focus on the national interest," he said.

Mr Morrison is in Adelaide on Thursday to discuss the new parliament's agenda with colleagues.

Last time he was in town he met with independent senator Nick Xenophon.

The minor party leader, who now has three votes in the Senate, has linked the future of troubled steelmaker Arrium and the fate of Holden workers to his support for budget measures.

During the election campaign the coalition promised to lend $42.9 million to the steelworks to upgrade machinery to help make the company attractive to potential buyers.

"You cannot have a credible budget repair strategy if you will blow the budget on a spike of welfare costs and plummeting tax receipts by abandoning key parts of our manufacturing sector," Senator Xenophon said.

Mr Morrison said Arrium needed practical, tangible support that enabled it to make its business more profitable and attractive to investors.

"Splashing cash on this doesn't work," he said.

"The government - of both persuasions - has done that in the past. Thrown money. Thrown it here, there and everywhere and guess what, the companies leave anyway."

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