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Abbott’s budget reply: yes, you can have substance without risk

This year has demonstrated that the Opposition can produce policy without too much risk. The budget reply is an opportunity to continue that.

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Milne reprises key themes in budget reply

Christine Milne has reiterated her commitment to moving the economic focus to households and quality of life in her budget reply.

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Tony Abbott: philosopher-prince of the assertion-based community

Tony Abbott now insists things are true merely because he says they are, and his budget reply reflected that.

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Foreign languages? Try harder Tony

You’ll notice we didn’t commission a piece on Tony Abbott’s foreign languages policy floated in his budget reply last night. The single piece of detailed policy the opposition leader floated, that is.

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Abbott’s budget reply: all values, no costings

Crikey media wrap: Last night Tony Abbott gave his budget reply speech, arguing a Coalition government would focus on business and find an additional $50 billion in savings. Just how his government would find these promised savings wasn’t specified.

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Ditch the budget reply — it’s a waste of time

Tony Abbott offered a content-free Budget Reply last night — but he’s not the first opposition Leader to do that. We may as well ditch the ritual.

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Theatrics aside, Hockey and Robb have made a good start

Once you get beyond all the spinning, there’s plenty to consider in what Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb offered yesterday: more substance than Tony Abbott has managed all year.

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Budget reply: did Hockey score an own goal?

Daily media wrap: Joe Hockey gave the Opposition’s Budget Reply speech yesterday, promising to save $47 billion. But he forgot to say how — and it didn’t go unnoticed.

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Hockey’s bizarre media management obscures Budget Reply

Joe Hockey’s Budget Reply has come badly unstuck after he refused to provide details of savings costings or whether Ken Henry would be reappointed, overshadowing an otherwise well-crafted speech, reports Bernard Keane.

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Turnbull’s reply: solid but not PM material

In the Opposition Leader’s Budget reply, there were no compelling ideas or bold initiatives; not even a circuit-breaking gimmick like Brendan Nelson’s petrol excise move.

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Time for Turnbull to rescue his party

Malcolm Turnbull needs to give a stirring performance tonight in his Budget Reply.

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