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Something’s rotten in the state of Treasury

Crikey readers talk Sophie Mirabella, what we should do about regulation and why Joe Hockey needs to do the budget with the windows open.

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Ask the economists: should we be sweating the debt?

The Abbott government wants to hike up the debt ceiling to $500 billion, while Labor and the Greens say that’s too high. Crikey intern Virginia Millen asks the economists what should be done.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Coalition is getting a taste of its own medicine as Labor MPs consider Joe Hockey’s attempt to raise the borrowing limit. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Budget emergency? Not if you look at Hockey’s new numbers

The recently released budget outcome reveals a different economic landscape to what Joe Hockey described. For a start, it showed the largest year-to-year fall in the budget deficit ever.

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PEFO fiscal update: nothing to see here, folks

The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook reveals virtually nothing new compared to Labor’s Economic Statement. Now it’s over to the Coalition.

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An economy in transition — now more than ever

Labor has reached for the razor to keep its surplus promise, grabbing revenue from non-politically sensitive groups. The “economy in transition” mantra was strong in Chris Bowen’s response.

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Cigs, public servants and visa charges to pay for Labor’s surplus

The government has unveiled its pre-election mini-budget, aiming to raise revenue and cut spending to return to forecast by 2015-16. But it’s going to be a painful journey.

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Commentary wrap: how the gallery is calling it

What do the political and economic analysts make of the 2013 federal budget? Crikey wraps the commentary from the websites and newspapers.

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Ducks in even more trouble than economists

Crikey readers talk economics, the upcoming budget and the tragedy of duck shooting.

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Ask the economists: we balance Swan’s books

How is Labor going to pay for its big-ticket promises on education and disability care? Crikey intern Ben Westcott asks leading economists whether Wayne Swan should tinker with super, Medicare, taxes or the GST to balance his books.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Kevin Rudd is likely to bide his time before making any kind of leadership challenge. Plus other political issues of the day.

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A promise worth breaking: the surplus is slipping away

The government will need more cuts to protect its slim surplus, but is it really what the economy needs? The fetishism around returning to surplus is spooking business.

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Budget surplus next to go?

Perhaps the promised budget surplus for this financial year will be the next thing jettisoned.

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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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Battler’s budget won’t do much for Labor, but won’t hurt its legacy

We were promised a Labor budget and we got one, at least Labor in its modern sense of a managerialist party that still faintly remembers the old nostrums of equity and opportunity that form what’s left of its core values.

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Disconnect between economic perception, reality

The federal budget looms, and as we’ve been hearing for weeks, it’s going to be a tough one (with a few conspicuous sweeteners on the side).

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Swan’s near perfect application of economic policy

Swan’s very clear message to the RBA is that it can easily cut interest rates knowing that government demand will be dampening demand and inflation pressures over the forecast horizon, writes economist Stephen Koukoulas.

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Swan’s MYEFO tricks to be overshadowed by EU?

The 2012-13 surplus has been preserved, at the cost of moving spending around, but Europe is still a huge threat to the economy.

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MYEFO: Swan cuts to save the thinnest of surpluses

The government has unveiled a range of spending cuts but they won’t stop a big blowout in this year’s budget deficit.

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Mental health and the budget: positive steps but many gaps remain

Given the magnitude of the burden of mental illness and the scope and extent of needs in the mental health sector, the Gillard government’s significant down payment on new and expanded services can only be considered the beginning, writes Lesley Russell.

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Parallels between mental health initiatives and portrayals in Australian film

This year there has been a striking — but completely unnoticed — correlation between the federal government’s mental health initiatives and the dominant theme in Australian films. Luke Buckmaster explains.

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Jericho: Hockey’s budget reply address was an embarrassment

Joe Hockey’s budget reply address was a ludicrous quasi economic lecture capped off by a grilling from the press gallery, writes Greg Jericho.

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Huffing and puffing over Fukushima coverage

Crikey readers have their say.

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The budget yawn.

So the impact of the budget has been measured by the pollsters and nothing really has changed.

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Budget breakdown: the holding pattern on clean-tech investment

In the first of a series of post-budget reports, Fiona Armstrong and Laura Eadie from the Centre for Policy Development explore options to encourage innovation and roll out less mature renewable energy technologies.

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