MORE MONEY FOR SPIES IN BUDGET

As we gear up for the federal budget tomorrow, the government is giving us a taste of what to expect, with beefed-up national security measures being reported in the News Corp papers today. The Australian reports that foreign aid funds will be diverted to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) as part of a boost to national security. The domestic agency, ASIO, will also receive an injection of funds. The Herald Sun is reporting that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) will receive $321 million to tackle gangs and local terrorists.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has told the News Corp tabloids Australians will have more money in their pockets after the budget. Saying the budget will tackle cost of living pressures, the Daily Telegraph reports we can expect help for first home buyers and cash to turn on heaters this winter.