Derryn, Pauline now ducks to be lined up for Budget

THE Coalition's budget agenda could take some hits but many measures would pass if Malcolm Turnbull can find the "common ground", a new report suggests.

An Australia Institute comparison of the policy positions of the major parties and senators on key Coalition plans shows some - like the May budget changes to superannuation - could survive the new Senate.

But it also showed the full extent of Mr Turnbull's key election promise - $50 billion in business tax cuts - may only pass if limited to small and medium businesses.

Mr Turnbull will also likely be relying more heavily on Senator Nick Xenophon's support after his strong showing at the polls and as the senior crossbench senator among a mostly new cohort.

Other major savings the government has planned since the debacle of the 2014 budget, including cuts to social services payments, would face an almost certain defeat, the report shows.

Institute executive director Ben Oquist said there were "key opportunities" for the new government to work with, not against the new Senate.

However, the analysis also gave question marks on the position of Senator-elect Pauline Hanson and her new colleague Derryn Hinch.

Despite both figures being expected to lean to more populist and possibly protectionist stances, it gave both senators question marks on every measure, except for Senator-elect Hinch's public position backing the company tax cuts.



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