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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 23 UNLOCK?

What is the point of the Abbott government?

The 2015 budget might keep Abbott and Hockey in their jobs, but its failure to be either economically stimulatory or fiscally disciplined suggests the government isn’t really clear on its purpose.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS |

The numbers: 2015-16 budget at a glance

A cheat sheet of key stats and figures for the 2015 Australian federal budget.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

The Coalition is now the party of big government

The Coalition can no longer call itself the party of small government. The Abbott government’s path to surplus involves big spending, big deficits, and collecting more tax than Labor ever did.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 2 UNLOCK?

The winners and losers: Hockey’s major spending and taxing initiatives

Refugees, the car industry and anti-vaxxers are the big losers in the budget. Winners include small businesses, childcare workers and pre-schoolers.

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Talk to the hand: Hockey is living in a budget fantasy land

Joe Hockey’s “do nothing” budget is better than his first “do harm” budget, but he still hasn’t tackled the big issues that face Australia in the wake of the mining boom, writes Australia Institute executive director and economist Richard Denniss

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Nothing but economic grey skies from now on

It’s easy to talk a good game about your “economic plan” lifting growth, but Australia is a fairly small boat in a pretty turbulent ocean. It’ll be tough sailing for a while yet, writes economist Tom Westland.

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SALLY WHYTE | BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

Upping the chicken levy and looking for MH370: budget quirks and oddballs

Knights and dames don’t come cheap, and neither do chickens.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 8 UNLOCK?

Budget overview: a humiliating abandonment of fiscal rigour

Families? Check. National security hysteria? Check. Blaming everything on Labor, still? Check.

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BUSINESS | 14 UNLOCK?

Fantasy budget 2015: Bob Day pitches a ‘Country Broadcasting Corporation’

Family First Senator Bob Day envisages a future of small government, no ABC, and a dramatic reduction in the amount of interest paid on public debt.

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BUSINESS | 21 UNLOCK?

Netflix tax well and good, but it’s time to add GST to overseas purchases

Why is Australia determined to protect offshore businesses at the expense of local ones? Joel Becker, CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association, and Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA, say it’s time to add GST to overseas goods.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 3 UNLOCK?

No talking! Journos’ questions must be in writing in budget lockup

Want to ask a Treasury official a question about the hundreds of pages of budget documents in front of you? Put it in writing.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 23 UNLOCK?

Hockey’s homage to Rupert crowns a humiliating day

After a rough 24 hours Joe Hockey decided to take the unusual step of a media conference the afternoon before the budget. But what exactly was he announcing?

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BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Business bites: 2015 budget … will Hockey fudge it? … or maybe misjudge it? …

Why there’s nothing interesting left to say about the 2015 budget. And other business tidbits of the day

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BUSINESS | 4

Fantasy budget 2015: close the tax loopholes

If economist and Australia Institute executive directorRichard Denniss were treasurer, he would stop giving subsidies to things we want to discourage, such as fossil fuels and binge drinking.

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BUSINESS | UNLOCK?

Half of Hockey’s 2014 budget DOA as he gears up for round two

As the Abbott government prepares to deliver its 2015-16 budget, freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian takes a look at last year’s effort and discovers not much has actually passed.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | BUSINESS | 6

Fantasy budget 2015: abolish Centrelink and just give people money

One way to help fix the deficit is to streamline welfare by eliminating the bureaucracy with a negative income tax. In other words, just give people cold, hard cash.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 7 UNLOCK?

Sky to sack the lefties and pinkos when Rupert’s in charge

News Corp wants to take over Sky News — and it plans to make it more right-wing … er… “mainstream”.

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BUSINESS | 1 UNLOCK?

Business bites: Twiggy loads guns … iron ore by tonnes … US rates fun …

The Daily Telegraph spruiks for Twiggy. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 12

Fantasy budget 2015: goodbye stamp duty, hello land tax

What would freelance journalist and economist Jason Murphy do if he were Australia’s Treasurer? He would extend the GST to education, eradicate stamp duty and bring in a land tax.

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BUSINESS | 3

Fantasy budget 2015: it’s time to repair the balance sheet

We anoint policy analysts and Governomics authors Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons as Treasurers for the day. They would issue a set of infrastructure bonds and repair the national balance sheet.

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GLENN DYER | BUSINESS | 1

Reserve Bank downgrades growth yet again

The Reserve Bank sees a slightly brighter picture on employment, but growth forecasts have been downgraded in its latest Statement of Monetary Policy.

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BERNARD KEANE | BUSINESS | 6

When it comes to unsustainability, super concessions are king

The government talks a lot about “unsustainability” but only for programs that benefit lower income earners, not the rich.

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BUSINESS | 1

Business bites: election UK … ASX field day … will Greece pay? …

If the Conservatives retake Britain, expect a lot of turmoil as business contemplates the impending EU “Brexit”. And other business tidbits of the day.

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BUSINESS | 14

Hapless Hockey’s half-term horrors

Examining the data on the first 18 months of the Coalition’s economic management, just how bad has it been? Where have things worsened? And with Joe Hockey’s second budget looming, have there been any successes at all? Alan Austin reports.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BUSINESS |

Mayne: NAB shows Slaters, Stokes and Gerry Harvey how to do a fair capital raising

The rich and varied tapestry of capital raisings in corporate Australia …

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