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Australia unveils budget to counter hit from commodities

Move would support small businesses and promote jobs growth

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'In this budget, whilst we are continuing with a credible path of fiscal consolidation of around half a per cent of GDP per year, we are mindful that we continue to deal with some headwinds, but we are coming through the most difficult days,' says Mr Hockey.

Canberra

THE Australian government on Tuesday unveiled a budget it said would support small businesses and promote jobs growth as it sought to stimulate a flagging economy hit by slumping commodity prices.

The budget shifted away from a focus on reining in a huge deficit after