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Grattan, Canada show the mining boom didn’t kill the economy

The mining boom wasn’t too bad for the economy, a new report finds — but the interpretation depends on your ideology. Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Swan’s final report card: a treasurer whose triumph was invisible

Wayne Swan is donning his hoodie and heading for the exit. So how did he rate as treasurer? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer argue, despite his inability to communicate, he was a success.

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Dollar SMASH! Commentariat changes its tune on strong currency

Forget the problems of a strong currency — suddenly the dollar is a symbol of national economic virility, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Here’s a new way of looking at the budget — but it won’t suit Hockey

New estimates of the structural budget balance sit poorly with opposition claims about the Gillard government’s poor fiscal mismanagement. Turns out things might not be so bad after all …

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The mystery of Treasury’s disappearing revenue: Parkinson explains

The Treasury Secretary’s discussion of what has gone wrong with revenue forecasting in recent years provides a context for the coming challenges on fiscal policy. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Essential: tough-love voters want more budget pain

What’s in for me? Today’s Essential Report finds a curious response from voters to last week’s budget — voters think they’ll be worse off from the budget, but want the government to do more to cut spending.

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Sudden outbreak of responsibility from both parties on budget

The Coalition’s sudden enthusiasm for spending cuts is rather hypocritical — but a welcome embrace of fiscal responsibility. Both major parties are lifting their game, improving the dire standards in political debate.

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Abbott budget reply: mind the gap between rhetoric and reality

Tony Abbott’s budget reply speech suggests that, despite a “budget emergency”, a Coalition government’s fiscal policy would be broadly similar to Labor’s. His rhetoric is austere, but his promises are not.

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Swan’s mixed legacy as an economic and fiscal manager

If Wayne Swan had had a couple more budgets like last night’s, he might have faced a different electoral fate.

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Where does the economic power now lie: Canberra or Sydney?

The Reserve Bank’s surprise rate cut in May is likely to prove the most significant economic event of the year, not the budget. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Inside the budget lock-up: pies and sneaky fags

What went down in the press gallery lock-up for the budget? Crikey joined the pack of journalists hungry for budget news — and party pies.

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Baby bonus dumping a ‘sensible, calm and responsible’ cut

The baby bonus has been thrown out with the bath water, as part of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s “sensible, calm and responsible” cuts.

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What the Treasurer said: Wayne Swan’s budget speech

A transcript of the speech Wayne Swan delivered to Parliament in handing down the 2013-14 federal budget.

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Journos jostle for air time at Swan’s press conference

Wayne Swan jostled with journalists at the traditional budget lock-up press conference. Crikey was there to see who asked what — and how the Treasurer hit back.

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Public servants to be cramped and sacked in grim budget

The government is turning the screws on bureaucrats, reducing office space as part of savings measures in the 2013-14 federal budget.

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Space debris, a pot plant tax and bullet experts: budget quirks

At least the Treasurer is protecting Australia from UFOs. Crikey dug deep into the budget papers to find the detail you won’t read in the papers.

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Budget 2013-14 at a glance: the key numbers

Crikey looks at the key 2013-14 budget numbers: unemployment, GDP growth, inflation, the deficit and more…

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The steep price Australia is paying for tax cuts

A key graph from the budget papers explains the challenge Wayne Swan has faced as Treasurer — one he has failed to address despite having the power to, writes Australia Institute executive director Richard Denniss.

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Swan leaves us guessing with confused budget

Is the Treasurer serious when he says he wants to spend more, tax less and get the budget back into surplus as quickly as possible? Australia Institute executive director Richard Denniss investigates.

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Savings and spending: the key budget initiatives

As in previous budgets, a huge chunk of Wayne Swan’s savings are actually tax rises or the closure of tax loopholes. He’s also targeted some relatively painless areas — big companies, public servants — for squeezing.

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Business case: what’s in the budget for employers

What’s in the budget for the business community? Wayne Swan promises to “support business to innovate” but there’s few initiatives to point to.

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Swan’s Way: incoherent political strategy for a strong economy

Treasurer Wayne Swan’s 2013-14 budget reflects his time as Treasurer: great economic outcomes, but delivered in a confused and incoherent way, writes Bernard Keane.

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Swan song: budget heads in right direction but lacks courage

Wayne Swan’s sixth and likely final budget charts a path to surplus, but fails to take enough tough decisions to rein in spending, writes Bernard Keane.

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Swan prepares budget legacy — minus ‘booby trap’ bullshit

This is likely to be Wayne Swan’s last budget. What legacy will he leave behind — and is he really “booby trapping” the budget ahead of a likely Coalition takeover later this year?

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Bad news and economist holograms as pre-budget ritual rolls on

Behind the apparent fiscal chaos, the government is doing what it always does before its federal budget — announcing the nasties beforehand. Will there be goodies on budget night?

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