Crikey Worm: Budget money for spies, Macron defeats Le Pen, Fairfax takeover offer
More funding for spies and the Australian Federal Police is expected to be in tomorrow's federal budget, which is also expected to tackle hip pocket expenses. And Emmanuel Macron is the new French President. It's the news you need to know, by Emily Watkins and Max Chalmers.
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.