Topic archives: Chris Bowen

Labor’s tax reform sets the scene for a real class war

March 14, 2018 54

Labor's dividend imputation refundability reform could kick off an out-and-out brawl between a major political party and an interest group that is used to getting everything it wants.

Chris Bowen delivers the best speech on Asia since Keating

October 3, 2017 3

In a speech to the Asia Society, Chris Bowen has delivered an honest and forthright assessment of where we stand right now with our nearest and most important neighbours.

Treasury throw Morrison under the omnibus*

September 1, 2016 1

It's the sort of error public servants dread -- a howler that goes right through them all and into a high-profile bill. And the best and the brightest of the Public Service did it to their Treasurer.

Fiscal figments: Labor costings extend into the void

Fiscal figments: Labor costings extend into the void

June 27, 2016

Labor has offered a 10-year budget projection for its election costings. But we can't even get the next three years right.

Won’t anyone challenge Chris Bowen? Plus Labor’s actor for Goldstein

June 2, 2016 1

Candidates in safe seats have it tough.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

June 2, 2016 1

Who are Miranda Devine's anxious Greek mums? ... the actor for Goldstein ... won't someone challenge Chris Bowen? ...

Treasurers’ debate mired in costings and process

May 27, 2016

Chris Bowen and Scott Morrison went head-to-head today but the exchanges focused primarily on the budget, not the wider economy.

Bowen hammers triple-A rating in budget reply

May 10, 2016 1

Chris Bowen delivered the usual shadow treasurer's budget reply today -- unusually, at the start of an election campaign and, unusually, with an extensive array of policies already laid out.

Budget put pedal to the metal on iron ore forecast — crashes, burns

May 10, 2016 3

Next week we'll find out what the Treasury and the Department of Finance really think about the economy -- and whether the government's optimistic budget forecasts are sound, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Voters unmoved by budget, but it’s stopped the rot for the Coalition

May 10, 2016 6

While voters are broadly unimpressed by last week's budget, individual measures have their support -- and the momentum against the government has halted.

Essential: voters want to dump religious tax exemption

April 5, 2016 5

Australians want an end to the taxation exemption enjoyed by church, this week's Essential Report shows.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

February 2, 2016 1

Mitch Fifield comes clean ... Google it ... council elections hot up ...

Poll Bludger: Bowen, Fitzgibbon on thin ice with redistribution

Poll Bludger: Bowen, Fitzgibbon on thin ice with redistribution

October 19, 2015 8

Is Chris Bowen about to lose his seat?

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

September 30, 2015 1

A festival of Christophers (Pyne v Bowen) ... no photos, please ...

Game of pass-the-excuse finally restores fuel excise indexation

Game of pass-the-excuse finally restores fuel excise indexation

June 23, 2015 4

Labor has backflipped and backed the government's restoration of fuel excise indexation. Whatever the low-rent politics now, governments of the future will be the winners.

Essential — voters (especially retirees) back pension changes

Essential — voters (especially retirees) back pension changes

May 12, 2015

Voters back the government's pension changes and Tony Abbott has clawed his way back in voters' estimation, today's Essential Report show -- though only as far as before it all went really bad at the start of the year.

Has the tax discussion taken us further away from reform?

Has the tax discussion taken us further away from reform?

April 24, 2015 7

With most sensible options ruled out, we've gone backwards on tax reform, not forwards.

Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

March 24, 2015 1

Voters are gloomy about the state of the economy, but they want a stronger Renewable Energy Target, not a watered down one, this week's Essential Report shows.

Media briefs: vote for me … defending Ferguson … Seven cleans out …

Media briefs: vote for me … defending Ferguson … Seven cleans out …

February 18, 2015 9

Comparing ratings to war dead isn't the most tactful way to spice up your TV review.

Media briefs: <em>SMH</em> headlines … money to Fox … multichannel ratings …

Media briefs: SMH headlines … money to Fox … multichannel ratings …

July 24, 2014 1

The Oz wasn't the only one to get a slap-down from the Press Council. And other media tidbits of the day.