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Government could get the moody blues on debt and downgrades

Government could get the moody blues on debt and downgrades

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerMay 6, 20166 Comments

On the cusp of an election, the economy is wobbling badly indeed, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

A budget more Keynes than Kissinger -- at least on Defence

A budget more Keynes than Kissinger -- at least on Defence

Jason MurphyMay 5, 20168 Comments

Spending $50 billion for around 3000 jobs works out at a bit over $16 million each.

Class war erupts again -- but who's fighting whom?

Class war erupts again -- but who's fighting whom?

Bernard KeaneMay 5, 201632 Comments

Accusations of "class warfare" are again being bandied about, but the charge is problematic when the government itself is targeting high income earners.

Yet another budget where Australia pigheadedly misunderstands China

Yet another budget where Australia pigheadedly misunderstands China

Michael SainsburyMay 4, 20164 Comments

ScoMo has it wrong on China. But don't worry, Moz, almost all Aussie treasurers do.

To escape from debt, the Coalition needs to curb its spending addiction

To escape from debt, the Coalition needs to curb its spending addiction

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerMay 4, 201616 Comments

Unless the Coalition breaks its addiction to spending, Australia is the path to gross debt of 30% of GDP -- and ratings agencies will be keenly watching, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

Aged care: govt hands Labor an instrument of war

Aged care: govt hands Labor an instrument of war

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 20163 Comments

The government has taken a huge chunk out of aged care, giving Labor a potential election wedge.

Read my lips: no new tax cuts

Read my lips: no new tax cuts

Ben OquistMay 3, 201611 Comments

It couldn't be simpler for the callow Treasurer.

Turnbull's election fightback must start tonight

Turnbull's election fightback must start tonight

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 201616 Comments

Rather than merely rehashing last year's budget and copying Labor, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have to use tonight's budget to offer a clear story to voters, one that will enable them to regain momentum.

A (very) little-something-for-everyone budget -- but how accurate?

A (very) little-something-for-everyone budget -- but how accurate?

Bernard KeaneMay 2, 20167 Comments

The important elements of the budget will be its expectations about the economy and the path back to surplus -- but attention will focus on the handouts.

Welfare for everyone -- and six other ideas for the 2016 budget

Welfare for everyone -- and six other ideas for the 2016 budget

Jason MurphyMay 2, 201610 Comments

We should at least look into the feasibility of a "universal basic income" for Australia.