Politics Australia By Jessie Cooper

Australia: No kiss for Treasurer Scott Morrison?

The media predictions for budget night discussions might be full of “Tax” and “Taxation”, but the punters fancy that there will be fewer references to the subject in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s speech on Tuesday than last year. While bookmaker William Hill still has “Tax” to get more than 76 references favourite at $1.60, most of the money has come for “No” at $2.10.


As for the reaction Treasurer Morrison will get to his words from his Coalition colleagues, the overwhelming view of the punters is that he will not get the normal peck on the cheek from his Liberal Party’s deputy leader, Julie Bishop. There’s even been a wager that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will not shake his Treasurer’s hand when he finishes speaking.


The special budget night markets available at William Hill include:


Julie Bishop to give Treasurer Scott Morrison a kiss on the cheek at the end of his budget speech:

Yes $1.02

No $10.00


Malcolm Turnbull to give Scott Morrison a handshake and/or a bit of a squeeze at the end of his budget speech:

Yes $1.02

No $10.00


“Tax” to get more than 76 references in the budget speech:

Yes $1.60

No $2.10


“Small business” to get more than 42 references in the budget speech:

Yes $1.60

No $2.10


Full markets available here: https://www.williamhill.com.au/financials


The most used keywords in last year’s budget speech by the Treasurer:


Australia[n] 106

Workers 8

Business 86

Trade 8

Tax 76

Families 8

Budget 54

Deficit[s} 8

Small 52

Unemployment 6

Small business 42

Terrorism 6

Plan/planning 26

Revenue 6

Economy 20

Health 6

Fair 18

Transition 4

Infrastructure 16

Surplus 4

Safe[r] 14

Security 4

Pension 14

Responsible 4

north(ern) 14

Productivity 4

Jobs 14

Innovation 4

Future 14

Expenditure 4

Strong[er] 12

Education 4

Services 12

Debt 4

Investment 12

Superannuation 2

Growth 12

States 2

Farmers 12

Private sector 2

Child care 12

Employees 2

Exports 10

Depreciation 2