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Australian government vows tax relief ahead of general election

Coalition offers help with electricity bills to low- and middle-income earners

SYDNEY -- The Australian government unveiled a budget on April 2 that included tax cuts and one-off cash payments to help low- and middle-income earners with their electricity bills, in the run-up to the general election expected late May.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government will earmark 280 million Australian dollars ($198 million) for assistance with electricity bills to about 4 million welfare recipients, including pensioners and single parents, in the fiscal year through June 2020.

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