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Aug 25, 2014

Crikey says: the real budget crisis is outside Canberra

Rundle in Canberra for budget crunch time. Keane on how "tough decisions" became voter payback. The Oz gets Hywood -- but bungles the tip-off. Armed guards at Christmas Island. The NSW govt website peddling porn. Palmer’s anti-China tirade could scupper a trade deal. News Corp's war on the Press Council: Disney pulls out of decisions. When conservatives cosied up to Islamists. And Tim Blair's kinda/sorta/not-really Lakemba apology.

Much rides on the next few weeks of parliamentary sittings: the government’s capacity to negotiate effectively with the Senate crossbenches will not merely determine whether key elements of its fiscal and broader economic strategy pass in some form, but perceptions of its competence in delivering outcomes, after a bungled budget process that has brought almost weekly changes in direction and communication.

But while the colour and movement of the Palmer United Party and the government’s stumbles make for entertaining political theatre, the economic and fiscal challenge is outside Parliament.

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