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2019 Federal Budget


Ridiculous budget oversight could be a baby bonus (or a mistake)

Using a six-year-old statistic to plan for fertility rates could point to an attractive possibility for Morrison: baby bonus redux.

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Arts and the budget: ad-hoc approach reflects Coalition's misunderstanding of the sector

Despite a boost, this year's budget highlights the fact that the Morrison government lacks vision for our cultural sector.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

What if the budget tried to address our real economic problems?

If budgets were about addressing actual economic problems, this one would be a failure — but not a total one.

(Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Morrison weathers NDIS ignorance as budget sell starts poorly

An ignorant media is attacking the government over the NDIS, reinforcing perceptions the Coalition doesn't care about people with disabilities.

Image: AAP/Julian Smith

Does anyone in Australia think Newstart is adequate?

Last night's budget was the 25th without an increase (in real terms) to the Newstart unemployment benefit.

Is the government doing enough to tackle the Indigenous suicide crisis?

Josh Frydenberg promised millions of additional funding for youth mental health services. But was the government's funding for Indigenous suicide prevention good enough?

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Don't go booking your high-speed train ticket to Geelong just yet

The government used the budget to commit to a brave new world of "faster rail" but the money is nowhere to be found.

The Liberals' road to surplus was built on hard work – but whose?

Mathias Cormann has been crucial to the return to surplus forecast for next year. But so too has the Liberal Party's addiction to taxing Australians.

These impractical bleak evenings

The budget lock-up is an unnecessary, sometimes funny, occasionally grim affair.

(Image: AAP Image/David Mariu)

Winners and losers of the 2019 budget

Governments staring down the barrel of an election tend to write budgets that try to be all things to all people. This one is no exception.