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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Government's bigger health spend is our main jobs and wages driver

The economy will be reliant on health spending for much of its jobs and wages growth over the next couple of years — and the government is increasing it.

Josh Frydenberg and Mathias Cormann deliver the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2018/19 (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas

Cormann holds the line on spending, but wage stagnation to continue

This year's budget update sees extra revenue taking us back to surplus quicker, but workers are still stuck with wages that won't budge.

A budget for millionaires and multinationals, not middle Australia

The MYEFO has revealed that Turnbull doesn't want to do anything about fixing the deficit or debt, and it's going to be regular Australians who pay the price.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield

MYEFO shell game liberates $5.4 million from arts funding

The federal government has sprung yet another surprise funding raid on the Australia Council, writes Ben Eltham.

Scott Morrison is cooking up porkie pies for Christmas

Budget on track to return to balance? Not bloody likely.

Has Morrison 'turned the debt ship around'?

Australia's debt outlook is showing improvement. But Morrison’s claim this is evidence of “turning the debt ship around’’ might be regarded as premature.