Greg Sheridan isn’t handling the Rudd Government too well, writes Bernard Keane.
The Government used the Budget to push through a significant increase in spending on counter-terrorism, national security and border protection.
The mixed message of handouts and infrastructure for everyone in a time of supposed austerity is still confusing but probably not enough to cause any difficulty for the Government.
The Rudd Government has made infrastructure, retirement incomes and clean energy the centre of the 2009-10 budget.
If the Budget plays with voters the same way it played with the press, the Government will be over the moon.
For an economist, the most striking feature of the 2009-10 Budget is the reappearance of old-time Keynesianism.
The Government has quietly awarded itself, the Opposition and minor parties an extra 44 staff.
The biggest savings in this year’s budget haven’t come from the sort of swingeing cuts of fiscal infamy but a few high-profile items.