Has the Government doubled the budget deficit? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Treasurer Joe Hockey is the “Masterchef of cooking the books” according to his Opposition counterpart Chris Bowen, who has repeatedly accused the Coalition of using “voodoo economics” to create a sense of crisis to justify dramatic spending cuts in the May 13 budget.

“Now what’s happening here is that Joe Hockey has doubled the deficit, adding $68 billion to the deficit by changes to Government spending and changes to Government assumptions, and now he’s asking the Australian people to pay for it”, Mr Bowen told journalists in his electorate on April 27.

ABC Fact Check examines whether this statement is correct.

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