Joe Hockey talks to crossbenchers in bid to get budget through |

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The Australian Greens leader, Christine Milne, plans to propose alternate budget savings at the expense of mining companies. Photograph: AAP

The treasurer, Joe Hockey, has launched a round of talks with crossbench senators in a bid to resolve the deadlock over key budget measures, as the government demanded critics spell out their cost-saving alternatives.

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