September, 2012

Fiscal incompetence? No, just not very good

, Sep 25, 2012

Treasurer Wayne Swan delivered Australia's 2012-11 financial year performance yesterday -- with a bucket-load of spin. If only business CFOs could get away with it ...

China economic growth good news for our federal budget

, Jul 16, 2012

China's economy isn't veering off the tracks and heading for the "hard landing".

Fantasy budget: a greener national economic outlook

, May 25, 2012

A budget isn't just about the line items contained within budget papers, write Simon O'Connor and Charles Berger, of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Fantasy budget: Richard Denniss on broadening the tax base

, May 22, 2012

Last week Crikey's Bernard Keane designed his fantasy budget -- setting priorities based on economic sense and community need alone. Today, Richard Denniss offers an alternative ...
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Essential: thumbs down to budget, Gillard loathed but Abbott not far behind

, May 14, 2012

Last week's budget has been poorly received by voters, and Julia Gillard's approval ratings have worsened. But Tony Abbott hasn't benefited.

Defence: ADF has many problems, budget isn’t one of them

, May 09, 2012

Some paint a bleak picture of risky cuts to our defence forces as a result of last night's budget announcement, but the only risk should be towards the dead wood in the portfolio, writes Eric Palmer, a Defence writer and analyst.
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Health and the federal budget: a wrap of links, news and reaction

, May 09, 2012

Melissa Sweet explains what the federal budget means for healthcare, including links to key papers, spends and cuts, details of the foreign aid cuts and disability reforms, and a compilation of health-related reactions.

Budget watch: 30 measures and counting ’till lock up …

, May 07, 2012

What do we already know of the budget measures as Wayne Swan looks to make $20 billion in savings and cut spending as a proportion of GDP to one of the lowest amounts in decades?
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Disconnect between economic perception, reality

, May 07, 2012

The federal budget looms, and as we've been hearing for weeks, it's going to be a tough one (with a few conspicuous sweeteners on the side).