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In this article is says:

Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned the Labor Party and the Greens to pass tough budget measures through the Senate or the government will find other ways to push through savings.

What is it talking about? What can be done to make "savings", without passing the senate?

I thought the Executive branch of government had no true power?

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This article says something similar. Though it does mention one of the things is cutting foreign aid. Which starts to answer the question.

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This article suggest the Federal Government will pay the state governments bonus money to undertake infrastructure creation.

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