tip off

The federal budget is a dodgy product, poorly sold

Crikey readers share their thoughts on the budget, News Corp and other issues of the day.

READ MORE

Rundle: the government’s Escherian spiral to nowhere

Are the adults really in charge? Not even the Coalition knows.

READ MORE

Budget sales bungle was built in from the start

Fairness, infrastructure, or emergency management? The problems with the government’s explanation of its budget were consolidated even before budget night.

READ MORE

Stop whining and focus on fairness: a letter to Joe Hockey

If Joe Hockey wants to make his life a little easier, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer can offer some tips.

READ MORE

Think of the children: govt grasps at straws to sell budget

A desperate government won’t get much help from the Business Council when it comes to intergenerational issues.

READ MORE

Invented budget ‘crisis’ hides incoherence and inconsistency

The “budget crisis” created by the Senate is an invention: the government has walked away from billions in additional revenue itself.

READ MORE

‘Perpetual-motion Palmer’ leaves government in turmoil

The Abbott government is in trouble. So does it wait for Clive Palmer to burn out, or the PUP to break up — or rethink its key messages?

READ MORE

iSentia index: sport and foreign affairs dominate discussion

A big week for sports fans made for a quiet week politically — the first one since the budget was delivered.

READ MORE

Abbott faces the ‘Gillard challenge’: down in the polls

Polling shows the budget sales process has damaged both the budget and its chief spruiker, the PM. Tony Abbott now finds himself in Julia Gillard’s situation; can he climb out of it?

READ MORE

It’s time to grit our teeth and face fiscal reality

This government blames all of its unpopular budget cuts on the spending of the previous government, and no doubt the next government will do the same. But Stephen Bartos, ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert, says the real problem is that time is not on our side.

READ MORE

Why selling a budget is far harder than in the days of Hawke and Howard

It’s no longer as easy as it once was to communicate difficult budgets, and that’s unlikely to change.

READ MORE

Jesus is coming — to your local primary school

The government is all about austerity — except when it comes to putting Christian chaplains in state schools. We investigate how the scheme works, who’s using it, and how you become a chaplain.

READ MORE

Co-payments and inept budget messaging put Coalition in a hole

What’s the purpose of the Medicare co-payments? It’s a good question that not even the government has been able to answer in its shambolic efforts to sell the budget

READ MORE

Don’t confuse protest marches with PR stunts

Crikey readers have their say on Thailand, Manus Island and the effectiveness of protest marches

READ MORE

Are we under threat from an army of the disabled? Not quite

Despite the Daily Telegraph’s hyper-ventilation over disability support pension recipients, the most important number is trending downward. Economist Tom Westland reports.

READ MORE

How the government bumbled into a budget disaster

A series of errors by the government’s strategists have turned the 2014 budget into a political disaster. The narrative has gotten away from Tony Abbott.

READ MORE

Fear and hypocrisy will only get you so far

Crikey readers have their say on broken promises and on-water matters.

READ MORE

Memo to MPs: how to break a promise and get away with it

Breaking a promise has ended some prime minister’s careers, while others have thrived. Why? And which camp will Tony Abbott fall into?

READ MORE

Privatising ASIC register would be a blow to transparency — and victims

Charging fees to search the ASIC register is outrageous enough. Privatising the register, which would lead to higher costs, would be worse still.

READ MORE

A hard landing for the ABC’s version of soft diplomacy

Cutting funding and abandoning the Australia Network attacks the ABC’s international role via the back door, argues Rodney Tiffen at Inside Story.

READ MORE

Consumer sentiment might become the government’s real budget crisis

Consumer sentiment has responded negatively to the budget, but it remains to be seen if that translate into real economic consequences, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

READ MORE

iSentia index: nothing but the budget

The gorgeous Abbott government’s budget has sparked plenty of discussion — most of it heated and negative.

READ MORE

Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: ugly little liars edition

Surprise! The budget is not only cruel and horrific, it’s worse than you’d thought. The Coalition has broken so very many of its election promises, just to stick the boot into the poor, sick and old.

READ MORE

Crikey Clarifier: can the Senate really slay the budget?

Labor and Greens MPs declare they’ll block the federal budget in the Senate. Can they follow through? ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos walks through the process.

READ MORE

Essential: what we really hate (and like) in the federal budget

Voters split on their reaction to the budget along party lines, but there’s some agreement about who won and lost last week, this week’s Essential Report shows.

READ MORE

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...