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TREASURER Peter Costello has almost $18 billion to splurge in the Federal Budget, but battling Tweed Heads pensioner Ron Roberts doesn't expect to see a cent.
Mr Costello, set to deliver his 11th budget tonight, has signalled mothers are likely to be the biggest winners, getting larger family benefit payments and funding to cover training if they want to go back to work.
He is also expected to extend the payment for large families to those with three children.
But like many pensioners, Mr Roberts doubts he will receive any help from the treasurer.
''It won't do anything for me, in fact it will make me worse off if they give tax cuts away," he said. "It'll push up the cost of living. ''Added to that, the price of petrol is pushing up food prices, and being on a fixed income that will also have a big affect on my budget," said the 68-year-old.
Elsewhere on the Tweed yesterday people were hoping for, rather than expecting good news, in tonight's budget.