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Budget night's cast of characters

CrikeyMay 12, 2009

Swanny puts all your favourite political characters in a video tribute. The Swanz. Godzillard. And Joe Hockey as a Baywatch spunk.

Video: it's the Budget Countdown

Video: it's the Budget Countdown

CrikeyMay 12, 2009

Crikey's Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane and John Quiggin make some predictions before going into the Budget lockdown.

Budget speculation still just that

CrikeyMay 12, 2009

Here's what we know for sure: at 7.30pm tonight Wayne Swan will deliver his budget speech.

Costello: I was the greater stimulator

By Peter Costello (as told to Walter Slurry):May 12, 2009

And the people of this land will recall the name of the great god of surpluses who gave them these halcyon days: Peter Costello. As told through Walter Slurry.

ICAO audit reveals Australia's third world skies

Ben SandilandsMay 12, 2009

The deficiencies found in CASA air safety oversight by the ICAO audit are sufficient for the US Federal Aviation Administration to downgrade Australia’s rating under its International Aviation Safety Assessment program to Level 2, the same as Indonesia.

Peter Costello moves further into deficit

Bernard KeaneMay 12, 20095 Comments

You have to wonder just how delusional -- seriously delusional -- Peter Costello now is.

Budget coverage can't predict the future

Bernard KeaneMay 12, 20095 Comments

Most of the Budget had already been leaked so is it even worth turning up?

Faulty cancer kits means results flawed

Faulty cancer kits means results flawed

CrikeyMay 12, 2009

Faulty bowel cancer testing kits provided by the federal government mean that nearly half a million people will need to undergo home testing again to confirm they do not have bowel cancer.

The Crikey Budget Liveblog

CrikeyMay 12, 2009

From 7pm tonight, join Crikey's all star Budget team -- John Quiggin, Chris Berg, Eva Cox, "Peter Costello", Bernard Keane and First Dog on the Moon -- for a discussion of Budget 09.

Pre-Budget poll: Labor's streaks ahead

CrikeyMay 12, 2009

A narrowing trend in recent federal polling has come to an abrupt halt with this week’s Essential Research survey, which shows Labor’s lead blowing out from 57-43 to 61-39. Poll Bludger reports.

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