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Rundle: Cruz slithers back to his home planet

Rundle: Cruz slithers back to his home planet

Guy RundleMay 4, 201610 Comments

The passing of the Cruz campaign leaves more questions than answers.

Infrastructure goes missing in a budget of rebranded dreams

Infrastructure goes missing in a budget of rebranded dreams

Bernard KeaneMay 4, 20166 Comments

Infrastructure investment offers Malcolm Turnbull an opportunity to make a lasting mark on the Australian economy. But the 2016 budget, if anything, goes backward on infrastructure.

No metadata for you: Brandis' office stifles public transparency

No metadata for you: Brandis' office stifles public transparency

Josh TaylorMay 4, 20165 Comments

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has been saved, but George Brandis can still refuse to give up his metadata, whatever the hell that is.

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.

Everything you wanted to know about caretaker mode (but were afraid to ask)

Everything you wanted to know about caretaker mode (but were afraid to ask)

Josh TaylorMay 4, 20161 Comment

All right, you can broadcast some ads, but no major appointments, OK? And don't start any wars!

NBN gets a parting gift but can ask for more

Josh TaylorMay 3, 20161 Comment

The funding arrangement raises an interesting proposition for Labor in this election year.

Turbulence with frenemies: budget lockup through a journo's eyes

Turbulence with frenemies: budget lockup through a journo's eyes

Sally WhyteMay 3, 2016

As always, the quality of budget catering supplied by each media outlet was a point of conversation.

ABC dealt a flesh wound, but not a killing blow

ABC dealt a flesh wound, but not a killing blow

Cassidy KnowltonMay 3, 2016

The ABC has kept all of its base funding, but its Rudd-era $20 million a year has been cut by about a third. And the government has not given up on ad averaging on SBS.

What happens when the RBA spoils your budget?

What happens when the RBA spoils your budget?

Richard DennissMay 3, 20161 Comment

The RBA and Treasury have vastly different views of the economy. And regardless of who is right, there is no real plan to fix unemployment, writes chief economist of The Australia Institute Richard Denniss.

From deer velvet to welcoming queue jumpers: the weird and wonderful

From deer velvet to welcoming queue jumpers: the weird and wonderful

Sally WhyteMay 3, 2016

Thank goodness, the federal government is finally doing something about “gaps in citrus industry research and development funding”.