This all sounds so familiar here in Australia. Unfortunately for Abbott and co, they didn't count on the senate and the fact that this is Australia, not some piss weak pushover population. The retirement age increase to 70 that was part of the ill fated budget, along with the changes to social security, remain firmly in limbo in the senate chopping block.
This is the real reason why they want to fuck over welfare. It's no secret that the NSW Lieberals are in deep political shit over donations.