Government Put To The Sword On Q&A After By-Elections

"It's not the leader that will make the difference. It's the vision."

The fallout from Saturday's by-elections is in full swing, as voters appear to turn their back on the Government and their company tax-cuts.

The backlash was on full show on Monday night's ABC Q&A, as the audience members and panel put the Government, and its leader, to the sword.

There were lessons for the Coalition from the by-election defeat, with a reformed party with a new vision top of the list for panellist Parnell Palme McGuinness, a communications consultant.

"Post election we can talk about who might need to lead a reformed party." she said.

"It's not the leader that will make the difference. It's the vision."

But the issue of an unstable Government was at the forefront of discussions, after Tony Abbott laid claims to the leadership position.

The Liberal Party was quick to shake of those suggestions, as the Minister of Communications Mitch Fifield said the party was "incredibly united."

"Malcolm is leading us extremely well. If you look at the parliament, this is the parliament they said would never work. This is a Senate they said the Government would never bow able to transacts business through. Yet we've secured the passage of more than 200 pieces of legislation,  almost every item on our legislative agenda," he said.

But Labor was quick to put the pressure back on their opposition, as the votes said the people believed there was a better way of investing public money, explained Jim Chalmers, Shadow Minister for Finance.

"The end result was a fantastic outcome for the Labor Party and for those communities who stood up for themselves and spoke up for each other and said there's a better way to invest public money," he said.

The leadership of Bill Shorten during the by-elections, by listening to the people in those areas, meant the time of "hypotheticals" of a Labor leadership change were over.

"He's [Bill Shorten] been through test after test after test. He's been underestimated at every turn. In the last general election and these by-elections and people are wrong to underestimate him," Chalmers said.

Trickle down economics was also a focal point for the panelists, with the by-election results pointing to voters believing spending in schools and hospitals should be prioritised.

But tax-cuts to major companies and banks were not being prioritised insisted Fifield.

"Part of what we've stand for is letting people keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets because we believe individuals are in the best position to know how to spend their own money," he said.

"You can do that if you budget well, if you budget at the same time as spending more on health and more on education which is what we're doing."

The policy for company tax cuts taking ten years to be put into place shows the Liberals don't believe they are important, said self-identifynig LIberal voter Tony Winwood, the People's Panellist.

Even if they plan to do it won't happen because they won't be there for 10 years. If they're not legislated now, I can't see how they happen," he said.

"So if that's not that important, I would have thought the bigger issues for both parties is just the budget deficit and the debt, which I think five years ago was going to kill us and now it's about double."

Company tax cuts will be taken to the Senate in the next fortnight, and Fifield is confident the Coalition will get them legislated.

"Time and time again people have said we won't get particular pieces of legislation through the parliament," he said.

"We will be arguing the case. We will be talking to our crossbench colleagues."