The plan will go through parliament on Thursday as the ACTU says corporate handouts will not deliver promised benefits

The Turnbull government will on Thursday steer its $143bn income tax package through the parliament after days of brinkmanship around the economic policy debate that will form the centrepiece of the next election.

The package will go to the House early after the Senate successfully amended the package on Wednesday to strip out stage three of the plan – the tax cuts for high income earners. Then it will return to the Senate and be passed in its original form, with only cursory debate, because the Centre Alliance bloc will not insist on the amendments it supported during the first run of Senate debate.

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