Leaders say cabinet deal could smooth programme negotiations

Negotiations between the three coalition partners continued on Wednesday on the four out of seven policy areas where they have still to reach agreement. Hopes have been expressed that with a deal on the cabinet format, the remaining sticking points can be settled faster. The parties sealed a deal on the law and corruption chapter of negotiations on Tuesday. Policy priorities have also been hammered out on defence and foreign affairs and farming and the environment. Talks Wednesday were due to focus on budget issues.

Author: Chris Johnstone